A social media post by what appears to be Central Dauphin School District students holding up a sign with a racist comment is drawing condemnation from students and parents.
The post, originally on Instagram, shows a girl holding a sign which says “You stupid n….” with a heart next to it. She is with a group of smiling girls in an SUV or van, and one of them is wearing a CD shirt.
The photo is circulating on social media, although the original post has reportedly been deleted.
The school district has issued this statement:
“The Central Dauphin School District is aware of the offensive racist post on social media by students who attend Central Dauphin High School. First and foremost, this type of speech and behavior contradicts the principles and core beliefs of equity, humanity, and dignity that we try to teach our students. We have begun an investigation to determine the facts of the case and the appropriate disciplinary response.”
“I think it’s a travesty the African-American children that attend the school have to deal with that while trying to get an education,” said parent Nicol Brown.
“The fact they openly post something like that shows no fear of reprisal,” she said.
She said she sent the post to the high school principal at 4 a.m., and he responded that the school is dealing with it.
“The students should be held accountable. It’s tantamount to bullying and there is zero tolerance for bullying,” Brown said. She said the discipline should be more than just detention, and that they should be removed from any sports teams they may be on.
Brittney Randolph, a 2014 Susquehanna Township High School graduate, said she was angry and offended when she saw the post.
“Something definitely has to be done about it – they can’t allow another situation where people get away with being ignorant,” Randolph said.
She said she has experienced racism, adding “I know how that word has a very negative effect on peoples’ lives.”
Some of the students reportedly involved have posted apologies on social media.
“id like to apologize for everything that has happened tonight. i am truly embarrassed about everything that has happened and I never would mean anything like that to be offensive to anyone. I wasn’t in the car, and I was told we were just going to get a picture. I swear I didn’t know that they held that paper up. I am not racist towards anyone, and im friends with people of different races..never would I mean to offend any of you in any way. I didn’t understand the severity of my actions and im truly truly sorry to anyone that is offended. I have learned a lesson and I will never make a mistake like this again.”