Washburn High students hung black doll from neck in school stairwell [IMAGE]

Categories: Racism

Dear Washburn Community,

This week's message addresses an incident that happened at our school on Friday, January 11. Near the end of the school day, a small group of students engaged in an insensitive activity that involved dangling a dark-skinned baby doll by its neck with a piece of string. Students recorded the incident and images were posted on social media sites. School security cameras also captured the events.

An image such as the one described causes feelings of anger and humiliation, and we intend to provide a safe space for productive conversations to take place. I was informed after school on Friday and took immediate action. We are committed to following the school district's code of conduct in any instance of inappropriate behavior.

This is an extremely disturbing occurrence and not reflective of the Miller Pride that we promote. Such insensitive behavior is intolerable in our school and school district, both of which are full of diversity and rich in culture.

Due to the gravity of this incident, we are responding in several ways. Aside from following the school district's code of conduct in any instance of inappropriate behavior, we will be creating opportunities for these students to take responsibility for their actions through restorative measures. We are also seeking opportunities for students to work with our community partners who provide support services so they have the resources they need to be successful.

Because references have been posted on social media sites and students are talking about the incident, it is imperative that our community receives this message and understands that we are aggressively responding. Parents can help their students be safe on social media by teaching them about appropriate behavior, empathy, and how to report abuse to the website administrators and trusted adults at school or elsewhere.

We will promote open dialogue between students and staff in order to learn from this unfortunate episode and create opportunities to talk about race and respect.

Thank you.

Carol Markham-Cousins
Principal, Washburn High School
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20 comments
starboy1997
starboy1997

Keny1....if you read, you'll find out that white people are the majority that rely on Welfare! You are too funny! Hahahahahahaha

jo1glex
jo1glex

Sounds to me like a few snot-nosed entitled Tangletown/Linden Hills/Minnehaha Creek brats making a "funny joke" like Daddy does after listening to Rush and watching Hannity.  Since the kids are going to get Daddy's money, they've earned the right to do anything they want to and anyone who holds them accountable is just jealous and hates success.  The kids are already being deprived, the poor dears, because the downturn in the economy means Daddy can't send them to private school, Southwest is jammed-full, and they're not good enough at sports to get recruited to Hopkins or Edina so they had to go to downscale Washburn.

Carol Markham-Cousins is smart and a good principal.  She's probably already dealt with this just fine.  No need to give it more importance than it deserves.  And let Ron Edwards and "keny1" duke it out if they need the attention so much.

keny1
keny1

Maybe this was a way to show the black girls (Hoes) who get knocked up at the age of 15 that people are sick of their tax dollars going to Welfare mama's and their illegitimate "chirrins" while supporting their criminal "baby daddies".


No Um Sayin? 

Anne C. Welch
Anne C. Welch

WTF.....!! And yes, this is news. Very disturbing news. To think otherwise is asinine.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

:::: UPDATE :::: 2:40 p.m. -- David Brauer reports that the community meeting discussed by Don Allen is a bunch of baloney.

Pete Stockwell
Pete Stockwell

I find it kinda funny that one "white" group was headed to this fake meeting and like 5 "black" groups were going but only the white group is pointed in the headline. Seems likes this article itself is racist.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

Joe Strom, you can imagine though.

Jim Creston Poet
Jim Creston Poet

Only a 1 day suspension? One week suspension along with school counseling seem in order.

Klarissa Shaninghouse
Klarissa Shaninghouse

I can't believe this, this is where i used to go to high school, makes no sense

Tim Koering
Tim Koering

Unbelievable how quickly we, as a nation, are losing ground on important battles we have already fought. Racism, sexism, tolerance. Disgusting and disturbing.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 Hey Rupar, its your best friend.  You ever going to ban the violent racist troll or does he actually have to kill some one first.  Racist pieces of trash like keny attack and kill people all the time because of their tiny penises and rage issues.  Why won't you ban this stupid violent idiot?

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

@MicheleBachmann: Keny1 might a  "racist," but can you at least concede his point that productive members of society are reasonably outraged that they have to foot the bill for irresponsible people who have children they cannot support?

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