Pine-Richland School District issued two statements on Wednesday, September 7, regarding a photo involving a Pine-Richland High School student:
Dear Pine-Richland Community,
The district is aware of a social media post involving a Pine-Richland High School student. The language in that post is highly offensive. We are working to take appropriate next steps. The district values a school culture that is safe, supportive and welcoming for all students.
As we became aware of a racist message generated by a Pine-Richland High School student, we sent an initial message to our entire school community. The purpose of that message was to acknowledge awareness of the situation and communicate proactively with our students, staff, parents and community. The student message was completely inappropriate and highly offensive. We appreciate that students and parents immediately brought the situation to our attention. We are working to take appropriate next steps.
The Pine-Richland School District is opposed to racism in any form. We stand with our black and brown families. It is our goal to strengthen a positive culture for every student at Pine-Richland. The foundation of learning is established in a safe and supportive environment. That environment should embrace diversity in all forms. That includes differences in race, gender, religion and more.
As a community, it is critical that we engage in conversations and actions that strengthen school culture. We continue to be committed to this effort.