Racist threat written in Mayville Middle School bathroom

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 12:43 PM CDT
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The principal of Mayville Middle School in Mayville sent a letter on Thursday to parents to inform them school staff was made aware of a racist threat written in the middle school bathroom.

In the letter, Principal Robert Clark wrote immediate action was taken to document the threat, that they are investigating and notified police.

“The safety of our students is of the utmost importance. These kinds of words and actions are not tolerated in our schools. We appreciate the staff and students who brought this to our attention,” Clark wrote.

The letter further read the school has a responsibility to continue to create a culture of inclusion where racism and hatred is not tolerated, and if anyone has details or questions, to contact the school.

NBC15 spoke to a parent of color who said she has two children who attend the middle school, and is very disappointed with the way the school has handled things.

The parent said this is not the first time a threat has been made. She said last year almost the same incident occurred, and the school took a long time to notify parents.

“My reaction is disappointment that the school did not continue with the diversity training that they promised last year, and this would have been a great example of why they need it,” she said.

She said the school seems to treat the incidents like they are no big deal. The parent said she will be reaching out to the school to see if they can continue diversity training they introduced last year.

NBC15 reached out to the Mayville School District for comment, but has not heard back yet.

Mayville Middle School has 450 students in grades three through eight, and 75 staff members, according to the district website.

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