Kimberly students speak out against racial slur written on student's desk

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KIMBERLY, Wis. (WBAY) - Kimberly High School students are speaking out after a racial slur was written on the desk of an African American student.

A photo of the "n-word" written in pencil on a desk in a technology class has been shared across social media. The slur was discovered by the student on Jan. 23.

The district tells us the student who wrote the slur was given a five-day suspension.

School officials say the student victim has been offered support and counseling. The student addressed the issue by speaking out in class.

Some students told us the incident comes as a shock, and many have taken to social media to express their thoughts.

"This is Kimberly, and it's my school, and I feel like it should be a place where everybody is welcome and not like we're all seen as different people," said Khloe Casey, a junior at the school. "And having that written on your desk is extremely disrespectful, and for someone to feel that way about themselves and have it said to them, I just don't think that's right."

Brady Pongratz, also a junior, added, "It's something that shouldn't happen but happens everywhere. From what I know about this school, I've been going here three years, I hear this stuff all the time. This is probably the first time it's been recognized."

Sophomore Emily Destiche said, "I just think that it's not really acceptable, even if it was meant to be a joke, because people can take it the wrong way, and just overall it's not a good word to use. So I just think we should stay away from that."

Superintendent Robert Mayfield released a statement to Action 2 News saying, "The actions of one individual do not represent the values of 5,000 students.

"In these situations, the District starts with severe discipline and then works toward a process of restorative justice to repair the harm committed.

"We will continue to reinforce a positive culture of inclusion so that every child can reach their potential. We are not alone in the mission to create acceptance and equality, and we need a community of voices that simply do not tolerate hate."

Fox Valley Metro Police are also investigating.

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