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Racial slur prompts training for Star Spencer High School employees

BY DAWN MARKS Modified: January 24, 2009 at 7:44 am •  Published: January 24, 2009
Star Spencer High School employees will attend cultural sensitivity training after a racial slur was written on a chalkboard at the school.

Principal Chris Gardner said Friday administrators are still investigating the matter, and employees and possibly students will get the training. Gardner said the word, referencing blacks, was written on the board Tuesday.

"This is not tolerated in our school, and we’re taking this very seriously,” Gardner said. "In my opinion, that has no place in the classroom.”

School officials confirmed that the word was a racial slur that starts with the letter N.

A letter to parents on the district’s Web site states that the word was written by a teacher.

Gardner said some students informed administrators about the word, and parents who called "were very concerned.”

Superintendent Karl Springer said officials could not discuss disciplinary action taken in regard to the tenured teacher, but that appropriate action would be taken.

Gardner said the top priority of the school is to focus on student growth and achievement, and that will continue.