Thursday, May 26, 2016

Big deal over minor incident

American racist hysteria well and truly on display. Trump needed

Local police and the school superintendent are investigating the discovery of racist graffiti found inside Newburyport High School this morning around 8 a.m.

According to police, the single racially vulgar word targeting African-Americans was found scrawled in pencil on an elevator. A high school staff member reported the word to Principal Michael Parent.

It appears the word, about 2 inches in size and written very sloppily, was there for some time before being noticed. Posters and notices had been placed partially covering the slur, and it was uncovered after posted materials were removed.

The message was documented and removed, and the Newburyport Police Department was notified and is investigating. The message did not contain any threats and did not target a specific person.

“Though this appears to be an isolated incident, I am very disappointed that someone would write a racist remark in the high school. Newburyport has a progressive and inclusive school system, and this kind of ignorance sends an unwelcoming message to others,” Superintendent Susan Viccaro said.

The School Department is working with Mayor Donna Holaday’s Commission for Diversity and Tolerance to determine an educational and corrective course of action to prevent such acts of intolerance in the future.

An email detailing the incident and the department’s investigation is expected to be sent to parents this afternoon, according to a police spokesman.


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