LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska education coalition is pledging to lead efforts to challenge discriminatory comments or behavior in the wake of racially charged incidents at school sporting events.
Leaders of eight education organizations on Wednesday signed a “statement of principle on human dignity” to address the issue after a school district’s athletic director brought attention to racial slurs made at Hispanic athletes, The Lincoln Journal Star reported . Discriminatory comments, harassment and the intimidation of students are unacceptable and school officials should play an active role in preventing such actions, the statement said.
Schuyler Public Schools Athletic Director Jim Kasik wrote in a letter last year that many of his Hispanic athletes face racial taunts on a regular basis. He said 80 percent of the district’s students are Hispanic and they are spit on, called racist names or told to go back home.