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Buford school superintendent resigns amid allegations of racist remarks
Gwinnett Police later respond to threats made against Hamby at schools office
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Geye Hamby

Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby resigned Friday, Aug. 24, after being accused of using racial slurs in audio recordings made public earlier this week.

The school board had placed Hamby on administrative leave on Wednesday.

“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 to the board of education. “Thank you for many years of tremendous support and leadership.”

Gwinnett County Police responded around 12:30 p.m. Friday to the Buford City Schools office on Sawnee Avenue after a threatening call was made.

“The threats were made towards Mr. Hamby, not the school,” police said.

The school office hired two officers “to work as security at the office until the close of business today,” police said.

The allegations against Hamby stem from a racial discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

In two recordings, a person alleged to be Hamby discusses his frustration with African-American workers at a construction site and said he would “shoot that (expletive) if they let me.”

In one instance, the individual alleged to be Hamby said, “Don’t send us a deadbeat (n-word) from a temp service ... Well, (expletive) we can find you some kids around here that want a damn job ... They can do more than the damn deadbeat (n-word).”

The recordings were submitted in a lawsuit to bolster claims of racial bias that led to the termination of Mary Ingram, 66, in June 2017.

Ingram had worked for the city school district for more than 18 years.

Nick Watson contributed to this story.

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