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Teacher 'wants apology from Tiger Woods'

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A former kindergarten teacher of Tiger Woods has demanded an apology from the shamed golfer after he suggested that she failed to protect him from racist bullies as a child.

In 2005, Woods recalled a harrowing incident while at school that first made him conscious of his racial identity, which he revealed during an interview he gave for Charles Barkley's 2005 book Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?.

He recounted: "A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted the word 'n***er' on me and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. And the teacher really didn't do much of anything."

However, teacher Maureen Decker has since insisted that "no such incident ever occurred" under her care, says TMZ. She organised a press conference on Friday to address the accusations.

Decker's attorney Gloria Allred demanded a public and private apology from Woods, saying: "No teacher should ever be treated in such a callous and unfair manner especially one such as Ms Decker.

"We think it's time for Tiger Woods to do the right thing which is to retract the statement and apologise to Ms Decker."

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