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'Racist behavior' investigated after diversity education event

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Gazette Staff
June 6, 2009
— Despite an effort to educate students about diversity issues, it seems racism persists at Whitewater High School.

Following an hour-long presentation by diversity consultants Santo Carfora and Bob Baldwin on Thursday, one student uttered a "mean-spirited racist comment" and another student exhibited "racist behavior" during an all-school picnic, according to a statement from Superintendent Leslie Steinhaus.


Some students were playing football when the incidents happened, and a student reported the incidents to an administrator, Steinhaus said.


Steinhaus declined to give the students' ages, genders or grades in school.


The school district is taking disciplinary action against the students, Steinhaus said.


Carfora and Baldwin were invited to the school in response to an incident a few weeks ago in which racial slurs, naming six black students and threatening death, were found written on a bathroom stall.


"We are very disappointed in these (recent) incidents, especially because they came on the heels of what everyone would describe as a positive and helpful session," Steinhaus said in a statement.



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