Salinas High completes investigation into students involved with racist doll

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–Video from previous broadcast. The Salinas Union High School District has concluded its investigation into students behind the racist incidents involving a Black doll at Salinas High School. The incidents sparked a backlash from students, parents and other community members after photos and videos surfaced on social media.The investigation found that one student was responsible for the purchase of the Black doll and the creation of the Instagram account. That student is not an athlete or cheer team member and is not African American, the superintendent said.In all, 26 students were identified as being involved with the racist incidents, according to the district. Those students were identified through photos, videos, and interviews. Of the 26 students involved, 15 are Latino, 8 are white, two are multiracial and one is African American, the district said.Superintendent Dan Burns addressed the controversy, investigation and apologized to the Black community in a video released late Wednesday night.”The District acknowledges the pain caused for our African American and Black students and staff, in particular our Black female students who see themselves as represented in the black baby doll depicted in this event,” Burns said in the video. The superintendent also highlighted the results of the district’s investigation into student involvement.”There were various levels of culpability by the students,” Burns said. He added that their consequences varied based on their level of participation. The superintendent could not share specific consequences due to student privacy rights but said all students will be required to participate in anti-racist education training.An investigation into accusations of involvement of staff members is ongoing, the superintendent said. An outside agency is handling the investigation.

–Video from previous broadcast.

The Salinas Union High School District has concluded its investigation into students behind the racist incidents involving a Black doll at Salinas High School. The incidents sparked a backlash from students, parents and other community members after photos and videos surfaced on social media.

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The investigation found that one student was responsible for the purchase of the Black doll and the creation of the Instagram account. That student is not an athlete or cheer team member and is not African American, the superintendent said.

In all, 26 students were identified as being involved with the racist incidents, according to the district. Those students were identified through photos, videos, and interviews. Of the 26 students involved, 15 are Latino, 8 are white, two are multiracial and one is African American, the district said.

Superintendent Dan Burns addressed the controversy, investigation and apologized to the Black community in a video released late Wednesday night.

“The District acknowledges the pain caused for our African American and Black students and staff, in particular our Black female students who see themselves as represented in the black baby doll depicted in this event,” Burns said in the video.

The superintendent also highlighted the results of the district’s investigation into student involvement.

“There were various levels of culpability by the students,” Burns said.

He added that their consequences varied based on their level of participation.

The superintendent could not share specific consequences due to student privacy rights but said all students will be required to participate in anti-racist education training.

An investigation into accusations of involvement of staff members is ongoing, the superintendent said. An outside agency is handling the investigation.

Contributed by local news sources

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