Utah School District Ignored Racial Harassment for Years, Report Says


According to the department a white elementary school pupil dressed up in Hitler costumes for Halloween marched through the halls of the school. According to the report staff members did nothing to stop him and didn’t report him back to the school administrators.

Sometimes, Black students would demand permission from their Black peers to use racial remarks directed at Blacks. According to the department, Black students were often threatened or physically assaulted if they refused to submit.

The harassment would often take place in front members of the predominantly white faculty and staff of the district. However, they “wouldn’t respond or intervene in whatever way,” the department said.

Sometimes, Black students and Asian American students were told by the department “not so sensitive”. The report concluded that school employees had condoned harassment by some students and they began to miss school as a result.

Some former students said that racism had persisted in the district for decades.

Jacob Low, 32, and his younger brother, Randy Low, 27, who attended schools in the district in the early 2000s, said in separate interviews on Sunday that students and teachers had repeatedly harassed them for being half Japanese.

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In high school, Jacob Low said, an English teacher taunted him in front of other students about his Japanese heritage. Their mother called administrators numerous times, he said, and told them, “You guys have a serious racism problem.”

Randy Low explained that teachers and administrators did not seem to have the knowledge or care to take action to end harassment.

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