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Tech college administrator loses job after using slur in reference to evacuees

(Greenville-AP) September 14, 2005 - An administrator at Greenville Technical College has lost her job after being accused of calling Hurricane Katrina evacuees "yard apes" during a staff meeting.

Renee Holcombe told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she no longer works at the school. Holcombe would not say whether she was fired or resigned.

Holcombe had been associate vice president of student services.

She says she's "numb and in a state of shock." Holcombe says she did not mean the comment as a racial slur.

Greenville Tech President Tom Barton did not immediately return a phone call. He said earlier Holcombe had apologized in a separate meeting.

Barton says she made the comment at a meeting Thursday to inform employees of their roles as the school bused evacuees from the Palmetto Expo Center for registration.

Posted 2:25pm by Bryce Mursch

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