Monroe school employee furloughed for ‘racically insensitive language’

MONROE — Racist incidents were reported at two Monroe schools this week, according to the school district.

At Hidden River Middle School, ‘inappropriate and racially insensitive language’ on a school bus led to a staff member being placed on administrative leave, the school’s principal and acting district superintendent wrote to families. .

Director Jonathan Judy and Acting Superintendent Kim Whitworth wrote that “wherever possible, we try to facilitate a response process that promotes restoration and healing for those affected by an event or interaction.”

And at Park Place Middle School, reports of racist vandalism in school washrooms have increased, the school principal has also written to families. This has included racist symbols and language scribbled on toilets, including swastikas and the KKK. Principal Kristie Hilson wrote that school officials have stepped up monitoring of restrooms and are “closely monitoring students’ use of the restroom.” Those responsible were not identified on Wednesday.

“Vandalism, racism, and acts of hate are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the Monroe School District by any student, staff member, family, or community member. community,” Hilson wrote. “Vandalism, especially when linked to hate speech, to any school property is illegal and carries serious consequences, including potential suspension, fines and even criminal charges.”

The Monroe Police Department was investigating the alleged vandalism, Deputy Chief Ryan Irving told the Daily Herald.

Concerns about racism in Monroe schools have been going on for months, ever since a racist high school incident in November led to hate crime charges against a parent. The superintendent’s response to this incident and other reports led to an external investigation and calls for his resignation. At Park Place, an 11-year-old black student skipped school because of racist and homophobic slurs directed at him.

This month, the school board received the final report on Dr. Justin Blasko’s leadership concerns in the district. No action has been taken on his future with the district.

District community members can anonymously report issues online. Administrators are automatically notified when reports arrive.

Rue Jake Goldstein: 425 339-3439; [email protected]; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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