A South Florida faculty district stated it’s launching a complete investigation into a photograph displaying college students spelling out a racial slur that was shared on-line Monday.
The Martin County School District confirmed that the photograph with the six college students spelling out the racial slur was genuine, in response to an announcement from the district.
In the photograph, every of the six college students is proven holding up a big letter that spells out the N-word.
Montrell Pryor, an teacher on the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, informed NPR that this incident exhibits why crucial race principle is vital.
“From a diversity perspective, this is why critical race theory is important,” Pryor informed NPR. “[Critical race theory] allows students of all races, creeds, and backgrounds to understand America’s volatile past within the context of the educational curriculum so that generational trauma, such as this, is not repeated.”
The faculty district stated it’s “appalled, and saddened” by the incident.
“The Martin County School District is committed to promoting and maintaining a learning environment free of hateful, racist and discriminatory actions or conduct,” John Millay, superintendent for Martin County School District, stated in a assertion.
The college students concerned within the photograph are dealing with “severe disciplinary consequences” in accordance with the district’s code of pupil conduct, a district spokesperson informed NPR.
The faculty district stated it can not establish the scholars concerned or talk about the self-discipline they’ll face.
“We have and will continue to enforce a zero-tolerance policy in this regard. I will work towards partnering with the leaders in our community to reinforce our values in this regard and will continue to strive towards fostering a learning environment free of bigotry and racism,” Millay stated.
Members of the Black neighborhood informed WPTV that this particular incident brings again up a long time of mistreatment within the county.
“It might seem like it’s funny or might just be kids. No, we have all made mistakes,” Jimmy Smith, Martin County NAACP president, informed WPTV. “But when you get to that degree, to come up with an idea like that, there’s something else going on.”
Denver Broncos security Justin Simmons additionally spoke out in opposition to the photograph on Twitter, saying he is not going to be doing something for the varsity till disciplinary motion is taken in opposition to the scholars.
“This disturbing picture was sent to me from a friend. This picture was taken at HOMS where I used to compete when I attended another middle school down the road,” Simmons tweeted. “This type of behavior is completely unacceptable. And if the school fails to act it means this type of behavior is allowed.”
In response to Simmons’ tweet, RISE, a corporation that educates the sports activities world on racial discrimination, stated the photograph is but another excuse why adults and youngsters should be uncovered to “honest conversations and education on racism, diversity and inclusion.”