Palmyra Area High School investigates racist social media posts

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Palmyra Space Faculty District is investigating social media posts that present a photograph of what seems to be a white Palmyra highschool scholar with the n-word labeled over it.

Superintendent Bernie Kepler stated Tuesday he and Palmyra Space Excessive Faculty Principal Scott Richardson obtained a number of emails from folks domestically and nationally concerning the put up, which had been shared lots of of occasions as of Tuesday afternoon.

The district acknowledged the posts in a public assertion on its Fb web page Tuesday: 

“On the morning of June 3, 2020, The Palmyra Space Faculty District was made conscious that disturbing racist photos had been current on social media. The district administration is appalled with the content material of the photographs. These photos don’t replicate the values of our college neighborhood. This morning, district administration instantly notified native legislation enforcement. The varsity district is at present conducting an investigation to assemble as a lot element as potential.”

Palmyra Borough Police Chief Andrew Winters stated he was conscious of the matter and that police are trying into it. 

The varsity has made no selections concerning disciplinary motion or different penalties, Kepler stated, as officers do not but have all the info. They’re making an attempt to find out the origin of the posts and whether or not the picture was created by the scholar in query, Kepler stated. 

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“We’re saddened by this and we need to work with our scholar physique to be taught from this and develop,” Kepler stated.

Richardson famous that as educators, they’re answerable for extra than simply fundamental training.

“Our basic goal is to show youngsters and to work with them, not simply on curriculum however on social-emotional points and lift their consciousness and be function fashions and expose them to all totally different sorts of experiences,” Richardson stated. “If we will make systemic change concerning problems with equality, and never simply racial equality however sexual and gender equality as nicely, as a faculty establishment we have to proceed to work on the training of our college students.”

Nora Shelly could be reached at 717-454-7817 or nshelly@ldnews.com

Learn or Share this story: https://www.ldnews.com/story/information/2020/06/04/palmyra-area-high-school-racist-social-media-posts-lebanon-county-pa/3136475001/

— to www.ldnews.com

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