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Black student wrote N-word graffiti that led to walk-out at Missouri high school

A black student scrawled racist graffiti that led a thousand Missouri students to walk out of their classrooms in protest. 

On Tuesday, the student admitted to writing ‘HOPE ALL BLACK PEOPLE DIE’ and ‘N*****’ on September 23 in several bathrooms in two district schools – Parkway Central and Parkway North.  

It led to a mass student protest the next day on September 24.    

Superintendent Keith Marty wrote to parents to tell them that a black student was behind the vandalism and praised the student protests.    

Regardless of the development, the superintendent told students he was ‘proud’ in his letter, commending them for ‘proactively [leading] walkouts.’ 

‘We remain hurt by the actions of the student, as it does not represent the values of our community,’ wrote the superintendent.

Students were captured cursing at school administrators, shedding tears and chanting into bullhorns at the protest. 

‘I am sick and tired of people getting racially profiled,’ said Catherine Arlena Lopez-Reyes into a bullhorn, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ‘I just want to say to the school, do better.’

The black student admitted to writing racist graffiti in several bathrooms in two district schools – Parkway Central and Parkway North – that led to a mass student protest the next day on September 24 after the district launched its investigation

A black student scrawled the racist graffiti in Park Central High School (pictured) that led a thousand Missouri students to walk out of their classrooms in protest with bullhorns and conviction, the school district announced Tuesday

'We remain hurt by the actions of the student, as it does not represent the values of our community,' wrote Superintendent Keith Marty. The student came forward on Tuesday and admitted to writing the racist graffiti (pictured)

‘We remain hurt by the actions of the student, as it does not represent the values of our community,’ wrote Superintendent Keith Marty. The student came forward on Tuesday and admitted to writing the racist graffiti (pictured) 

‘I went to [Parkway] North – They literally called me “Taco Boy,”‘ said 15-year-old Cristian Palacios. ‘That is not OK, calling a Mexican “Taco Boy.” That is not right.’   

Brittanee Jackson, a 17-year-old senior who participated in the rally, told the publication that  it was ’embarrassing’ to hear that the slurs had been written by a black student – however, she said, it didn’t take away from the students’ anti-racism message.

She said that the administration should work to establish a clearer policy to prevent racism from being shared in the first place:  ‘If we’re going to a school that is very diverse, that’s probably one of the first things that should be done.’     

Nearly 40 percent of the school’s population is non-white, according to the administration.

‘We just absorb it, most of us,’ Senior Ronald Griffin said at the protest, according to the Dispatch . ‘There’s a ton of people that act friendly, but then you hear about things people have said… off to the side.’  

Superintendent Keith Marty said that the vandalism was a 'significant violation of multiple codes of conduct' - the student now faces 'severe disciplinary consequences' and a 'referral to law enforcement'

Superintendent Keith Marty said that the vandalism was a ‘significant violation of multiple codes of conduct’ – the student now faces ‘severe disciplinary consequences’ and a ‘referral to law enforcement’

Brittanee Jackson, a 17-year-old senior who participated in the rally, told the publication that it was 'embarrassing' to hear that the slurs had been written by a black student - however, she said, it didn't take away from the students' anti-racism message

Brittanee Jackson, a 17-year-old senior who participated in the rally, told the publication that it was ’embarrassing’ to hear that the slurs had been written by a black student – however, she said, it didn’t take away from the students’ anti-racism message

‘In these moments, many students shared personal experiences of racism throughout their lives and at school,’ he wrote. 

‘I want to tell the thousands of students who participated on behalf of themselves and their fellow classmates: I am proud of you for supporting one another and we heard you loud and clear.’

Marty said that the vandalism was a ‘significant violation of multiple codes of conduct’ – the student now faces ‘severe disciplinary consequences’ and a ‘referral to law enforcement.’

A district spokesperson told Yahoo! News that the student took blame for the graffiti at the Parkway Central school – officials believe that the graffiti in the other school was penned by another vandal.

This is not the first time a non-white student has vandalized school property with racially-motivated graffiti: in 2017, another minority student admitted to writing ‘White Lives Matter’ in a school bathroom, an act that caused similar outrage. 

More recently, two 18-year-old students were charged for causing property damage at nearby Kirkwood High School and Nipher and North Kirkwood middle schools – one of those students was black. 


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