A Texas school district superintendent was forced to address two racially-charged incidents that occurred this week at Royse City High School, reinforcing to students at the community that “racism in any form has absolutely no place in our schools.”
Royse City Independent School District Superintendent Kevin Worthy released a statement on the school district's Facebook page on Wednesday condemning two events that “demanded our attention and action in regards to race relations.”
The first was an incident in which a student wore a Confederate flag as a cape after photos and videos of the student were shared on social media.
The second instance was when a student yelled "white power" at a reporter with Dallas news station WFAA who were covering the Confederate cape story on campus.
“Let me be clear. This is not what we stand for. Our student body, staff, parents and community members deserve the best,” Royce wrote on Facebook. “Racism in any form is disgusting, abhorrent and embarrassing for myself, the school board and this school district.”
Parents and activists gathered at the campus in hopes of speaking with administrators.
“We know that that symbol is a symbol of hatred,” community activist Ernest Walker told WFAA of the flag. “It’s a symbol of terrorism.”
“Royse City, the city is broken," Eric Price, a parent of two children in the school district, told the outlet. "Right now, Royse City just took a step back 100 years, because they let that boy walk down there like Superman with a cape around these kids. And they could do nothing."
In his statement, Worthy said the district is working to identify the subjects at the center of these incidents and that “discipline, if at all possible, for this off campus action will occur."
"We are going to work together with all of our community to ensure that racism isn’t condoned, accepted or tolerated in any form. Students and adults must be a part of this solution, and diversity and sensitivity training will be a major part,” he said.
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