Queen Anne’s Co. school officials respond to allegations of athletes’ racist behavior
QUEEN ANNE’S CO., MD – The Queen Anne’s County school District is responding after reports of racial bias allegations against some Kent Island High School athletes. We first told you last week that one of the allegations involved racial slurs being used towards opposing players at a high school basketball game. The school district says they conducted what they called “timely investigations.”
Queen Anne’s County school officials say they took efforts to redress the alleged offenses. While they would not be more specific on those efforts, they did say that most recently, students engaged in an educational session to learn about identification, intervention and prevention of bias incidents. This session reportedly took place in partnership with QACPS staff, members of the Queen Anne’s County chapter of the NAACP and members of the Queen Anne’s County subcommittee for Community Police Relations with the support and advisement of the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff. We have reached out to the NAACP chapter for confirmation, but have not yet heard back.
The school administration is also promising to examine its existing protocols for responding to bias incidents. Officials say they will continue with education students as it related to bias instances with support from established partnerships.
QACPS Superintendent, Dr. Patricia Saelens says, in accordance, with QACPS’ Nondiscrimination and Equity Policy #103: “The QACPS system is committed to promoting the worth and dignity of all individuals…The district will not tolerate or condone any act of bias, discrimination, insensitivity, or disrespect toward any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, disability, genetics, ancestry/national origin, marital status, sex or sexual orientation…”
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