Cher offers to cover legal fees for security guard fired after N-word incident

Cher arrives at “The Cher Show” Broadway Opening Night at Neil Simon Theatre on December 03, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for The Cher Show )

An African American security guard in Wisconsin made national headlines recently when he was allegedly fired for telling a student to stop calling him the n-word. Now music legend Cher is coming forward to help him in his fight for justice.

The singer tweeted her outrage over the firing of Marlon Anderson saying she was willing to help him financially if he decides to take legal action against the school board that terminated him.

According to CNN, last Wednesday Anderson was called in to help the assistant principal at Madison West High School escort a student off of school grounds. Unfortunately, the minor in question became belligerent and pushed the principal while yelling expletives which included a racial slur.

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Anderson said at first he asked the student to stop calling him that, without actually saying the offensive word. But when the student not only continued but also began to spit out different variations of the n-word, the guard had enough and bluntly requested, “Don’t call me (n-word).”

But under the school’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy, that one sentence was used as grounds to fire him.

“We are working to make our school climates the best they can be for all students and staff,” Gloria Reyes, president of the Madison Board of Education explained in a statement. “We’ve taken a tough stance on racial slurs, and we believe that language has no place in schools.”

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But Friday, outraged West High School students reportedly walked out of school to protest what they believe to be a tone-deaf and inappropriate application of the hate speech policy.

That same day, Cher retweeted the post about Anderson losing his job to her 3.7 million followers, while adding an offer to pay his legal expenses. She also tweeted that she’s trying to get in touch with him so that she can help out.

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