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Taylor County School Board member requests independent investigation of threatening photo taken at TCHS

The picture, obtained by WCTV, shows the gun in the foreground, pointed at a black student...
The picture, obtained by WCTV, shows the gun in the foreground, pointed at a black student sitting at his desk. It is captioned with a racial slur. (Photo: Taylor County parent)(WCTV)
Published: Feb. 24, 2020 at 10:35 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

February 24, 2020

PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Taylor County School Board member Deidra Dunnell has called for a detailed investigation in regards to a

The photo in question can be seen above and shows what looks like a photoshopped gun pointed at a students. A racial slur is written underneath.

Dunnell says it's "Disappointing that the local authorities, as well as the school’s leadership have failed to acknowledge the targeted hate message with a racial undertone."

The full request made by Dunnell can be read below.

"The following correspondence is written to request a detailed investigation with regards to the student related threat and racial slur photo circulating at Taylor County High School which prompted many parents to rush to the high school and sign their child out early. The Taylor County Sherriff (sic.) Office is investigating the incident and trying to determine who is responsible for photo. However, it is very disappointing that the local authorities, as well as the school’s leadership have failed to acknowledge the targeted hate message with a racial undertone. This action is of grave concern within the student body and it should be address immediately. The Taylor County School District Student Code of Conduct has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination and acknowledged the right for students to:
  • Attend school in an environment where all students and adults are treated equally, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
  • Attend school in an environment free from discrimination, bullying and/or sexual harassment. Now, as a community, law enforcement agency, and school administration what are we going to do to ensure the Code of Conduct is upheld and a safe learning environment is represented for ALL Students?"
  • On Monday, WCTV's Emma Wheeler

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