Utah School District Ignored Racial Harassment for Years, Report Says


In October 2019, a white elementary college pupil dressed up as Hitler for Halloween, giving the Nazi salute as he marched in a parade via the hallways, the division stated. Workers members didn’t cease him or report him to the varsity’s directors, the report stated.

Generally, white college students would demand that their Black friends give them permission to make use of racial slurs directed at Black folks. When Black college students resisted, they have been “generally threatened or bodily assaulted,” the division stated.

The harassment would usually occur in entrance of members of the district’s predominantly white college and employees, however they “wouldn’t reply or intervene in any method,” the division stated.

Generally, Black and Asian American college students have been advised “to not be so delicate,” the division stated. Concluding that faculty workers successfully condoned the habits, some college students stopped reporting harassment and started lacking college due to it, in response to the report.

Some former college students stated that racism had continued within the district for many years.

Jacob Low, 32, and his youthful brother, Randy Low, 27, who attended faculties within the district within the early 2000s, stated in separate interviews on Sunday that college students and lecturers had repeatedly harassed them for being half Japanese.

In highschool, Jacob Low stated, an English trainer taunted him in entrance of different college students about his Japanese heritage. Their mom referred to as directors quite a few occasions, he stated, and advised them, “You guys have a severe racism drawback.”

However directors and lecturers both didn’t appear to know the way to curb the harassment or didn’t care sufficient to attempt to deal with it, Randy Low stated.