A “non-Caucasian” Minnesota high school student has been disciplined after it was determined he was responsible for racist and antisemitic graffiti found in a school bathroom.
The scribblings included a picture of a lynching, the phrase “Hail the Ku Klux Klan,” the “N” word, and a swastika.
According to Lakeville Patch, Lakeville South High School noted that the student “has significant special education needs.”
“While this does not excuse the student’s actions,” the district said, “it will help the community and others put this incident into perspective.”
A parent whose son encountered the graffiti posted images on Facebook:
The district’s statement on the matter (via KSTP):
On February 27, a LSHS staff member reported someone had written offensive words and images on bathroom stalls. A student subsequently was identified and will be subject to disciplinary action under school and district policy. Lakeville South High School administration received permission from the parent to share that the student is non-Caucasian and has significant special education needs. While this does not excuse the student’s actions, the District believes it will help the community and others put this incident into perspective.
This incident was very unfortunate and certainly does not reflect the values of our community and LSHS. The District does, however, view this as a teachable moment for our students and staff. To foster that, LSHS has created a plan to facilitate conversations regarding diversity with our students and staff.
Cultural liaisons, deans and student support staff members will be available Wednesday to talk with students who wish to discuss these issues in small groups. Lakeville South High School is committed to ensuring that all students feel welcome and safe in the school.
Uh oh — keep an eye out on that “teachable moment” comment, for, in academic settings especially, it often does not mean criticizing the wrongdoing of the perpetrator … it means examining the “underlying” and “societal” causes on which to really blame the incident.