John Marshall High School students stand together against hate

John Marshall students talked about race after a photo posted to social media sparked some outrage in southern MN.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 8:15 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- A viral photo is sparking a conversation on race and discrimination at John Marshall High School.
After a picture and video surfaced of two John Marshall students.
Other JM students tell KIMT that in the current political climate, it is common to see more out right racism.
It’s also giving a voice to students like Darrell Washington Jr.

“I know for the vast majority some people may not be able to relate but for some people they felt what I felt and when I saw the picture. They felt what I felt when I'm saying my speech,” said Washington.

Students gathered in the Rockets auditorium to listen to fellow students and staff discuss how John Marshall doesn’t stand for hate.

“We have the same blood running through our veins we are all human,” said one student.

We reached out to the Rochester Police Department to get an update on the incident.
They tell KIMT that there is a police report.
One of the three students filed a report after receiving death threats.
Police are currently investigating the death threat claims.

We also reached out to school officials in Pine Island.
Superintendent Tamara Champa told KIMT they are using this as a way to grow.

“The Pine Island School District intends to use this experience as an opportunity to learn from, grow and strengthen our district. While our staff and administrators work tirelessly to ensure student inclusiveness, we are committed to continuous improvement. A meeting is scheduled with the diversity council on Wednesday of this week, the district equity committee is convening to review, and the district is using the culturally responsive school leadership framework to critically reflect on our current practices. It is our goal to establish clear methods and practices to ensure that we are hearing all the voices of our students, families and community members on a regular basis,” Said Superintendent Champa.

Staff at John Marshall say they want to continue the conversation and keep the doors open. They are working to figure out a way to have a better discussion between students and staff on the issue of race and discrimination.

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