February 28, 2017 02:41 PM
A Lakeville South High School student will be disciplined after racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was found on a bathroom stall Monday.
The graffiti included a swastika and racial slurs directed toward African Americans. In a statement, Lakeville Area Public Schools said, "We take these matters seriously and strive to create a safe, welcoming environment for all students in our schools."
The district also said the maintenance staff has begun to repair the damage and that the incident will be used as a "teachable moment."
The high school released a statment saying, "Lakeville South High School administration received permission from the parent to share that the student is non-Caucasian and has significant special education needs."
The full statement reads:
On February 27, a LSHS staff member reported someone had written offensive words and images on bathroom stalls. A student subsequently was identified and will be subject to disciplinary action under school and district policy. Lakeville South High School administration received permission from the parent to share that the student is non-Caucasian and has significant special education needs. While this does not excuse the student's actions, the District believes it will help the community and others put this incident into perspective.
This incident was very unfortunate and certainly does not reflect the values of our community and LSHS. The District does, however, view this as a teachable moment for our students and staff. To foster that, LSHS has created a plan to facilitate conversations regarding diversity with our students and staff.
Cultural liaisons, deans and student support staff members will be available Wednesday to talk with students who wish to discuss these issues in small groups. Lakeville South High School is committed to ensuring that all students feel welcome and safe in the school.
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Updated: February 28, 2017 02:41 PM
Created: February 28, 2017 11:55 AM
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