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Officials Say Connecticut High School Student Attended Football Game in Blackface

An unnamed Guilford High School scholar arrived at a soccer recreation in opposition to rivals Hartford Public High School in blackface, reported Eyewitness News 3, WTNH and the Hartford Courant.

Guilford Public Schools superintendent Paul Freeman reported in a letter despatched to the city’s board of training and to Guilford neighborhood at massive on Tuesday, {that a} useful resource officer from their college instantly approached the scholar—who has not but been recognized, however WFSB says is a sophomore and the Courant stories just isn’t a member of the soccer crew—and informed him to take away his face paint, which he did, earlier than the sport started or the vast majority of its spectators arrived.

Yet witnesses informed WTNH that at the very least one image of the scholar—labeled “game time”—wound up on Snapchat earlier than the facepaint might be eliminated.

Freeman went on to name the incident “unacceptable” however added “no incident occurs in isolation,” although he didn’t really feel that the incident mirrored the Guilford High School’s scholar physique within the majority.

“If even one Guilford student felt that wearing blackface was acceptable or funny, then we have more work to do,” Freeman stated.

Hartford Public officers informed WFSB, “We do not believe that the Guilford student had any interaction with our students. However, we take this very seriously. Counselors are available for any student who would like to discuss their concerns regarding this incident. Our District Model for Excellence’s major priority on School Climate & Culture is to guarantee that all students feel safe, valued, and respected. We are proud and celebrate our diversity.”

Officials Say Connecticut High School Student Attended Football Game in Blackface
Protesters rally in opposition to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam exterior of the governors mansion in downtown Richmond, Virginia on February 4, 2019 wile calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. A Guiliford, Connecticut High School Student was accused of carrying blackface to a soccer recreation on Tuesday. LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty

It is unclear if the scholar will face additional self-discipline for the incident, although “administration at Guilford High School and at Adams Middle School are discussing ways in which we will address this topic with our students,” stated Freeman.

Dori Dumas, President of the Greater New Haven NAACP, informed WTNH: “This is a racist act. We want it looked at like a hate crime or at least a hate act, which it is. We want that behavior to be taken very seriously.”

Freeman stated in his assertion that he known as the principal of Hartford Public High School and supplied an apology. This was confirmed in an announcement by Kiaundra Smith, Principal of Hartford Public Schools, who issued the next assertion to WTNH:

“We don’t consider that the Guilford scholar had any interplay with our college students. However, we take this very significantly. Counselors can be found for any scholar who want to focus on their considerations concerning this incident. Our District Model for Excellence’s main precedence on School Climate & Culture is to ensure that each one college students really feel protected, valued, and revered. We are proud and rejoice our variety.

We will proceed to take all precautions and measures essential to take care of the bodily, psychological, and emotional security of each particular person in our constructing.”

According to state instructional data, 27 % of Hartford Public High School’s scholar physique is black, whereas Guilford’s stands at 1 %.

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