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Buford school board to give $18,000 to ex-superintendent accused of racist rant
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Geye Hamby

The Buford school board has voted to give $18,000 to a former superintendent accused of using racist language and discriminating against a black employee.

The Buford City School Board voted Monday to approve a final payment to former Superintendent Geye Hamby, who resigned in August.

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Mary Ingram is the plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging discrimination against the Buford School District. Recordings provided as evidence in the lawsuit are alleged to be of former Buford school superintendent Geye Hamby making a racist rant. - photo by Joshua Silavent

A race-discrimination lawsuit filed by former school system employee Mary Ingram says she was fired in 2017 and discriminated against for speaking up for the black community at board meetings.

Audio surfaced in August that reportedly recorded Hamby’s racist rants. In the recordings, a person alleged to be Hamby says he is frustrated with black workers at a construction site and in one instance says he would “shoot that (expletive) if they let me.” The individual alleged to be Hamby also says in the recording, “Don’t send us a deadbeat (n-word) from a temp service.”

Hamby was placed on administrative leave in August and later resigned.

“My sincere apologies for any actions that may have created adversity for this community and the Buford School District,” Hamby wrote in his resignation letter. 

Joy Davis, former assistant superintendent of Buford City Schools, was selected as interim superintendent.

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