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Students accused of ethnic intimidation
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Six Grand Haven High School students are in some hot water, accused of ethnic intimidation in six different incidents.
The district, in a continuing effort to encourage tolerance is stepping up its efforts with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance. The district already participates in its calling all colors program. Now there’s talk of a school-wide day dedicated to racial sensitivity and diversity awareness.
There is also discussion of creating an individualized diversity training program for students to complete as part of their discipline.
Grand Haven Public Schools superintendent Keith Konarska says in one of the instances a student wore a hat with the letters KKK on a school bus.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
“Racial harassment or racial intimidation is not only against our code of conduct,” said Konarska, “there are potential criminal issues that have to be considered too.”