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Fairborn schools take action against students’ ‘racially offensive statements’

Published: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 4:22 PM
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 10:20 PM



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A group of Fairborn High School band members have been punished after racial slurs were posted on social media.

Superintendent Gene Lolli said the district is aware of “racially offensive statements made by students on social media,” and that administrators were notified of them Tuesday. He would not say how many students were involved, nor what disciplinary action was taken, citing state and federal student privacy laws.

“We wish to make clear that racially offensive slurs or epithets have no place in our school environment. We have taken prompt action to investigate the situation, to stop further acts of harassment, and to address potential violations of our board policy and Student Code of Conduct,” said Lolli in a written statement.

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“I was sad,” said Fairborn High School junior Michaela Hazel of her reaction to the posts. “Everyone started screenshotting it and started messaging it and some girl posted it on Instagram and it started escalating.”

Hazel said her principal also sent a letter home with students Friday addressing the issue.

“It was saying, like, we should be mindful what we put on social media, we shouldn’t retaliate and we should respect others,” she said. 

At the Friday night football game, where Fairborn was playing in Piqua, no parents wanted to comment on the issue. 

Lolli said the school is working with the students affected to help them feel comfortable at school.

READ SUPERINTENDENT GENE LOLLI’S STATEMENT IN FULL

“The Fairborn School District recently became aware of certain racially offensive statements made by students on social media. State and federal student privacy laws prevent us from identifying the students involved, or divulging the specific disciplinary action we have taken to address the situation. However, we wish to make clear that racially offensive slurs or epithets have no place in our school environment. We have taken prompt action to investigate the situation, to stop further acts of harassment, and to address potential violations of our Board policy and Student Code of Conduct. We are also working with the students affected by this behavior to implement measures to help them feel more comfortable while at school.”

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