Oyster River Cooperative School District Responds to Incidents of Racism
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DURHAM — Oyster River Cooperative School District employees will undergo diversity and inclusion treatment after a few racial incidents earlier this month.
Superintendent James Morse said the district is working with Andrew C. Smith, the state's Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator, to conduct employee training for the upcoming school year.
The training comes after an elementary school student was a victim of a racial incident on a school bus at the start of the school year.
A statement from the school released Sept. 12 said a male student was taunted by another boy with racial comments and "unwanted physical contact" while on a school bus on the afternoon of Sept. 1.
According to the statement "disciplinary measures have been taken" and "the incident was referred to the Durham Police Department to conduct its own investigation of the facts and circumstances."
In addition, racial jokes were reported at the middle school. The issue was reported to the principal who conducted an investigation and implemented appropriate disciplinary action.
"These issues have given me significant pause," Superintendent Morse said. "There is no room for racism, sexism, homophobia, or antisemitism in our schools. Incidents likes this cannot simply be fixed with punishments. We need to look at how we treat each other and how we expect others to treat us as members of the same human community."
The goal is to have 100 percent of all district faculty, staff, and administrators participate in the valuable sessions conducted by Smith.