Connecticut school investigates discrimination and racism

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Connecticut school investigates discrimination and racism

School and town officials in Darien, Connecticut, said they’re investigating a series of “very disturbing” acts of discrimination that occurred last week on social media and at the high school.

The alleged incidents include an anti-Semitic message on social media as well as graffiti found in a high school boys’ bathroom that objectified women and threatened gay people, the New Haven Register reported.

“This week has been particularly challenging and disappointing for our school community,” said a joint statement from Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Board of Education Chair David Dineen, Superintendent of Schools Alan Addley and Police Chief Donald Anderson on Friday.

“The incidents do not represent the values of our student body, school district or town, and the message for those involved remains unequivocal; there is no place for sentiments of hate, bigotry, anti-Semitism, or religious discrimination of any kind in our schools or community,” officials said.

The officials called the series of incidents, which were reported to the police and are also being investigated by district officials, “very disturbing and unacceptable.”

“Moving forward, the district will continue to look for new ways to partner with parents, members of the Darien community and/or outside agencies to assist us in addressing these complex issues in order to ensure a respectful and safe learning environment for all our students,” officials said.

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