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Shelton School District Investigating Blackface Photo

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    A Connecticut school district is investigating a social media post of a person in blackface.

    Shelton schools Superintendent Chris Clouet said he received a photo at around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday that showed what appeared to be a girl with a black substance on her face.

    Clouet said he learned about the photo from Shelton police. He says some of the students who saw the photo on Snapchat are in middle school.

    The photo is captioned with a racial slur and the person is making obscene gestures.

    Clouet says there's no place in the district for "bias or discrimination or racism."

    In a statement, Clouet said in part, "We are conducting a full investigation into this racial incident. We will continue in the following weeks to educate our students that such behavior has far-reaching implications for themselves and can have a devastating impact on the targeted group and our community as a whole."

    "As a school community, we denounce this behavior. Shelton Intermediate School stands for respect and inclusion. We value the diversity of our student body and believe in respect and kindness towards all. This unfortunate incident does not reflect our school values," he added.

    "I deeply regret that this incident occurred and will be working with the students and staff to address this matter to bring a restorative resolution and an understanding to this very important issue," Clouet continued.

    Clouet said he spoke with NAACP representatives, who are monitoring the district's response to the matter.

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