A Pennsylvania superintendent threatened to punish high schoolers responsible for the hanging of a black doll in a locker room.
Dr. Cathy Taschner, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, detailed the incident and consequences this week for perpetrators in a letter sent to parents, faculty, and the community, reported The Washington Post Thursday.
“Our first concern was that this was an intentional hate crime,” said Taschner in the letter Wednesdsay. “While [cross country] team members interviewed by administrators indicated this was a foolish prank and that their intent was not to cause racial intimidation, we cannot accept that reasoning.”
“The Coatesville Area School District does not tolerate or condone hate crimes of any kind, nor will we tolerate any king of racial insensitivity,” continued the superintendent. “We will discipline any student or staff member found responsible for this act to the full extent that our policies allow. This simply will not be tolerated in our district.”
The team found the black baby doll around Sept. 1 in a trash can and played catch with the doll before a coach put it back in the trash. Team members took it back out and shoved it into the ceiling. Weeks later, a team member hung it by his tie from the ceiling, where it was found covered with toothpaste. (RELATED: A Banana Peel Traumatized University Of Mississippi Students)
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the superintendent for further comment, but received none in time for press.
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