Cy-Fair ISD administrator ‘no longer employed’ by IT company after comments about black teachers
HARRIS COUNTY, TX – The Cy-Fair ISD administrator, who recently came under fire for his race-related comments regarding black teachers in the district, has been released from the tech company where he worked, his former employer has announced .
On Jan. 10, Scott Henry and other administrators were discussing issues of race and equity when he discussed the number of black educators in the district, apparently linking it to state averages and dropout rates. He made the comments during a board meeting, which were posted on Youtube.
“Do you know what the national average for black teachers is? Ten percent. I looked for it. Houston ISD, which you all used as a shining example, you know what their average black teacher percentage numbers are? Thirty-six percent. I watched this. Do you know what their dropout rate is? Four percent. I don’t want to be at four percent. I don’t want to be HISD. I want to be a shining example, I want to be the district standard. I want to be the go-to place where people go,” Henry said. “And frankly, we’re on a budget, with limited resources and we have a great place, and we’re not spoiling it for everyone.”
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His statements sparked outrage from some community and political leaders, with many calling for his resignation.
NAACP Houston and FIEL Houston executives showed up at another board meeting a few days later, denouncing Henry’s comments. During this meeting, Henry disputed claims that the remarks he had made were racist in nature. He also said his family had received threats.
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Henry was employed as a sales manager for an IT company, Splunk, according to LinkedIn. As the clips of Henry’s statement went viral, some social media users began tagging his employer.
One tagged commenter the company in a video, saying, “It’s not pretty.”
The company replied, post a message on Twitter.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are core to Splunk’s values and mission. We are deeply committed to DEI and take these concerns seriously. Due to the confidentiality of those involved, we do not discuss employee-specific matters,” Splunk said.
They updated later Henry’s job was over.
“We have deemed the employee’s conduct to be inconsistent with who we are as Splunkers and the individual is no longer employed by our company,” the update read.
As of Saturday, Henry remains on the board of directors of Cy-Fair ISD.
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