Local school working to address racial issues amid surfacing videos


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Jackson High School (Photo: Jackson Local Schools website)
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As videos of Jackson Local students surface of them using the N-word, the school district has issued a message to district family’s to assure them that they are working to educate everyone.

The main video in question contains three white Jackson Local girls who were screaming the N-word while recording. A mom can be seen and heard in the middle of the video saying “we don’t use the Black word,” as she laughed.

Jackson Local confirmed that the three teenagers in the video were students in the district, but said they are unable to discipline the students because the video was created off of school property.

“After looking into the matter, we have found this video did not occur during the school day, on school property, or at a location/activity sponsored by the district,” the school said in a statement. “The district legally does not have any oversight or disciplinary authority in this matter.”

The district called the video “troubling.”

“The Jackson Local School District finds the contents of the video reprehensible and troubling,” the statement read. “The District does not tolerate discriminatory harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or ancestry which are protected by federal civil rights laws.”

Another video hit social media of another white student using the N-word.

According to the district, school leaders have met with students in an effort to educate everyone.

“Our high school principal and superintendent met with a group of students to discuss ways in which we can continue to educate all of us, and ways in which we can continue to grow as a district,” the statement said. “We are looking forward to more conversations with our student leaders to turn troubling incidents into teachable moments for our school community.”