About a hundred students sat on the front lawn of the school and listened as speakers passed around a megaphone to express their thoughts after they say too many of their own were targets of bullying. A WCCO-TV report last week shared the story of one student, who posted the screenshots of the racially insensitive comments she’d received online to social media.
In response to the claims and to the walk-out, Centennial district leaders released the following statement to North Metro TV News:
“Last week, an incident involving racist and derogatory comments at Centennial High School was reported. An investigation was conducted and appropriate, disciplinary action is being taken. Due to student privacy rights, those details cannot be released. The Centennial School District condemns all types of hatred and racism and will take appropriate action with any situation.
At Monday’s student, parent, and alumni-led event, it was important for the District to listen and learn from their topics discussed and stories, and move to action to ensure we support all of our students. Through our equity efforts, we have worked in partnership with our stakeholders to make a better environment for everyone. The next steps of our work focus around bringing students together to develop a coalition. From those meetings, ideas will be generated to shape an action plan that advances the work we’ve already done and move us further, together, in our equity plan.”