School officials threaten legal action

HANCOCK COUNTY – A racially charged social media post made by a student prompted Eastern Hancock School officials to release a statement online Friday condemning the student’s comments and threatening legal action.

School administrators took to the district’s Facebook page to address the student’s social media post, calling it “racially insensitive” but giving no other details.

The statement continued, saying administrators “do not condone, nor … justify this type of behavior for any reason” and are seeking legal advice for how to address the student’s actions “in accordance with national and state law and local policy.”

Administrators encouraged parents to discuss with their students of importance of safe internet use, to stress upon children the consequences their actions online can have.

“As an educational institution, our priority is to prepare students to become successful members of a diverse world community,” the post states. “Unfortunately, this incident, which may have been intended to be amusing, is not only deeply offensive, it has done considerable damage to many individuals.”

Superintendent Vicki McGuire did not return a request for comment on this story.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.