NH school officials contact police after racial taunting, 'unwanted' contact on bus
DURHAM— Officials at Oyster River School District said they have contacted police after a racial incident on a bus involving an elementary school student.
A statement from the school released Tuesday said a male student was taunted by another boy with racial comments and "unwanted physical contact" while on a school bus on the afternoon of Sept. 1.
According to the statement "disciplinary measures have been taken" and "the incident was referred to the Durham Police Department to conduct its own investigation of the facts and circumstances."
Durham police on Tuesday would not confirm the department was involved in an investigation involving the incident.
The incident, along with reported "racial jokes" at the middle school, has moved the school to plan what they are calling a "multicultural forum."
"There is no room for racism, sexism, homophobia or antisemitism in our schools," Superintendent James Morse said in the statement. "Incidents like this cannot simply be fixed with punishments. We need to look at how we treat each other and how we expect others to treat us as members of the same human community.
"In the interest of transparency, we are bringing this information forward now to let the community know that these incidents did occur, and we are responding directly, and we are now taking actions to address the root cause of these types of acts."
The school district said the details of the forum will be released once they are finalized. It will be emceed by Andrew C. Smith, the Coordinator of State of New Hampshire’s Office of Disproportionate Minority Contact. All are welcome to attend.