The Eastern Carver County Schools district, and Chaska High School in particular, can’t seem to get it right. There have been multiple accounts of white students in blackface in the yearbook, at football games and on social media, as well as white students threatening the lives of anyone who attended an assembly on race relations.
In September 2018 at a Chaska High School football game, white students attending a football game in blackface and even wearing an afro. Also in December, a middle school student in the same district in Minnesota found that his gym shirt had been stolen and vandalized with the n-word.
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In February 2019, two white students in the district put on charcoal face masks and put the photos on social media with the hashtag #blackface. Also, in February 2019, another student posted on Snapchat holding a gun and threatening to shoot a specific list of students if they dared to attend a Chaska High School assembly on race relations.
Most recently, in May, white students at Chaska High School appeared in photos in the school yearbook wearing blackface again.
Because teachers and school officials have refused to take action, six current and former students fromEastern Carver County Schools filed a lawsuit against the school district claiming school officials demonstrated “deliberate indifference” and failed to take “any meaningful action” against blatant racism, according to The Daily Beast.
The lawsuit says that school staff don’t have proper training on how to respond to racism on top of not refusing to punish racist behavior. White students did not have to face consequences for wearing blackface or threatening Black students and students of color were banned from posting “Black Lives Matter” signs or anything featuring Black leaders–during Black History Month.
In the Carver County Schools district, only 3% of students are Black.