A teacher in Manhattan is suing the city of New York after he was suspended and fined $15.000 for allegedly using the word “cono” in his classroom.
The word has been deemed inappropriate in the classroom and New York authorities have accused Carlos Garcia of misconduct. Garcia’s attorney says Garcia did not use the word. The city attorney however, agrees with the hearing judges decision to both suspend and fine Garcia.
New York is home to a very diverse population, with thousands of immigrants hailing from Latin America and the Caribbean. Differences in cultures play a large part in interpreting the meaning of a word. Sometimes it can result in one ethnic considering a word a profanity while another considers it as a slang word.