A concerned student at Newberg High School recently shared screenshots online that show a fellow student's racial slurs and homophobic comments posted in the Snapchat group called "Slave Trade."
Newberg High School Principal Tami Erion confirmed in a letter sent to parents and staff on Tuesday that the district learned of the student's involvement in the group last week. Erion said school officials immediately began investigating the "serious and inappropriate incident."
Erion's statement reads in part:
"While the investigation is still ongoing and we cannot comment on the specifics, we want to reassure our community that as we always do, we are following board policy as it relates to harassment, bullying and potential disciplinary actions. We are deeply dismayed that this behavior and activity was exhibited by someone from our community. We condemn actions such as these which represent the antithesis of what we believe and where we stand as a Newberg Nation family. As a community, we continue to grapple with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Newberg High School is committed to ensuring that ALL students are afforded a safe learning environment by prohibiting harassment based upon gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion or disability." Tabled: Newberg school board punts on BLM, Pride flag ban
Oregon House Majority Leader and Education House Committee Chair Barbara Smith Warner responded to the incident in a statement, saying the student involved in the Snapchat group joked about "auctioning off Black classmates."
"Incidents like this are exactly what make Black students feel like their lives don't matter. As House Majority Leader and Chair of the House Education Committee, we stand with you and affirm that Black Lives Matter and Black Students' Lives Matter," wrote Warner...