School investigating after student posts racist photo on social media

Marcus High School Principal Gary Shafferman and school administrators wrote a letter stating they are investigating a “highly offensive” photo being circulated on social media.

The photo, originally posted on Snapchat, shows a white male Marcus student standing next to a profane and racist comment against black people written on a whiteboard. A crude, simple drawing of a swastika is seen below the offensive words.

“This type of hateful speech will not be tolerated at Marcus High School,” Shafferman wrote in the letter to parents. “It has no place at MHS and does not reflect our campus’s dedication to inspire all students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners. It does not reflect Marauder Pride.”

Shafferman said the school is investigating the situation and, “any students found to be involved will face serious consequences, according to our student code of conduct.”

Shafferman’s letter stated he: “heard from students who want to turn this into an opportunity for our campus to learn and grow. That made a powerful statement to me about how the overwhelming majority of our students feel about this type of hateful rhetoric. They want to address it head on and help create an even better climate and culture at Marcus.”

So, beginning Thursday,: “our campus administrators will work with our student leaders to develop a plan of action. I know any meaningful change on our campus will come from our students sharing their voices, their experiences and their caring and compassion for each other.”


Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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