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St. Mary Parish school system looking into resurrection of racist picture

St. Mary Parish School board
Posted at 6:00 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 23:22:40-05

The St. Mary Parish School System is investigating the reposting of a racist photo, officicals say.

The photo shows two white students holding a sign with photos of black students along with fried chicken and Kool-Aid. It was first posted on social media about three months ago, but has resurfaced - and that's what is under investigation, superintendent Teresa T. Bagwell says.

The photo was taken off-campus and officials did address it three months ago, she said. But now it has resurfaced, and officials want to see if there is a new issue to address.

Here's the superintendent's full statement:

St. Mary Parish Schools is investigating a social media post that depicts an off-campus incident that occurred several months ago. Administrators contacted local law enforcement and the school system’s Safe Schools Coordinator this morning to alert officials of the re-posting and subsequent commentary. While the district is confidentially bound to protect student information, I can confirm that the school addressed the situation in accordance with the St. Mary Parish Schools Code of Student Conduct at that time. The district in no way condones student behaviors that act to disrespect or demean any individual or group and strives to guide students in a manner that builds character and kindness. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the parties involved as necessary.