CLAY, W.Va. — Clay County Schools has launched an investigation after allegations of a bus driver using a gay slur when referring to a student.

According to WSAZ-TV, Clay County Superintendent Joe Paxton said he learned of the incident when a high school reported it to the Clay County Board of Education.

“Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, please know that all of our employees are expected to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all of our students,” Paxton said in a statement. “As the Employee Code of Conduct mandates, the school system expects all of our employees to exhibit professional behavior by showing positive examples of communication, fairness, and language. Also, as required in the Code of Conduct, the school system expects all of our employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment, free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and free from bias and discrimination.”

The investigation is internal, thus meaning no details have been released.

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