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Published July 27, 2012, 10:59 AM

North Dakota Supreme Court upholds Grand Forks teacher's firing

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of a Grand Forks technology education teacher for incidents in which he reportedly demeaned a number of students.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of a Grand Forks technology education teacher for incidents in which he reportedly demeaned a number of students.

The school district fired Cornell Kilber in November 2010 for unprofessional conduct. On Thursday the Supreme Court refused to overturn the action.

Kilber taught in Grand Forks schools for almost 20 years before he was dismissed.

Court records say he called one black student "the chocolate one," said all Muslims are terrorists and referred to a special needs student as "stupid."

On one occasion, Kilber allegedly stormed out of his classroom while saying to his students, "To hell with all of you."

Court filings say the teacher's questionable behavior continued after he got several warnings that he needed to improve.

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