Brighton Secondary College principal Richard Minack is under fire for using a racial slur at a school assembly. 

“Mission brown paint was originally called n***** brown paint,” the principal is heard saying in a recording of the assembly.

“So mission brown paint is only a tiny step in language away from n***** brown paint.”

“You can’t say that in front of a school, especially one as multicultural as ours,” a student said.

In an email to the students, Minack apologised:

“I hope you understand that I used it to call out and criticise racism and bigotry,” he said.

“Sometimes we have to use offensive words to explain why they are offensive.”

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While perhaps well intended, students have reportedly started using the word in the playground. 

“I think their theory behind it is if the principal can say it, why can’t we?” the student said.