Chaska High School principal Jim Bach addressed a social media post involving a Chaska High School student in a letter to parents, Feb. 19.
Two students posted a photo of themselves with a charcoal mask, typically used to cleanse the face. The post included a “racially offensive hashtag,” the letter stated.
“Such behavior is hurtful and unacceptable,” Bach said in the letter. Bach said he would not share details about the incident, citing student privacy laws, and stated staff are addressing the issue.
They will also be working with the Student Equity Team to create a “safe and welcoming school climate.”
“We will use this experience as a teachable moment for all our students and are working today with student leaders and staff to determine appropriate educational opportunities in our schools that address racist behavior and any other form of discrimination,” the letter stated. “We care deeply about each of our students and will continue to work every day to make our school the best it can be.”
District 112 Communications Specialist Lori Kendall confirmed staff are working with student leadership and the district’s equity coordinator Michelle Milstein about next “action steps.”
Kendall declined to comment on whether the other student’s school had been contacted, citing student privacy laws.
For the same reason, she also declined to comment on whether the district was still investigating racial slurs that a student said he found written on his gym shirt at Chaska Middle School East.