Long-time Mary Persons teacher and coach David Carey was suspended last week for three days for calling a student the “n” word.

Carey, who is black, reportedly made the remark during history class last Wednesday. He was suspended for three days and returned to work on Tuesday, according to Monroe County schools officials. Carey, who helps coach football and track, taught in Bibb County schools before he was hired in Monroe County. School officials did not say by presstime whether the suspension was with or without pay.