Carroll ISD develops plan in response to controversial video of students using racial slur

The Carroll ISD school board announced Monday they are taking actions to address a controversial video posted recently on social media in which CISD students can be seen and heard using a racial slur.

The video was posted Oct. 26, board Vice President Michelle Moore said. The school district held a special meeting Friday during which community members shared their experiences and thoughts regarding the issue with a packed boardroom.

CISD leaders have developed a cultural competence action plan to provide education and promote tolerance. Initiatives include:

• Holding students accountable for the racial slur video through consequences;
• Strengthening expectations of students and discipline policies regarding hateful and discriminatory speech in the student code of conduct;
• Emphasizing cultural awareness as part of The Resiliency Project;
• Forming a diversity council to support and nurture CISD’s increasingly diverse population;
• Emphasizing cultural competence in the K-12 curriculum as an important skill for students to learn;
• Conducting face-to-face meetings to discuss cultural awareness and kindness with student leaders;
• Bringing in student assembly speakers to address topics, such as cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness;
• Providing diversity training for all staff; and
• Expanding programming and resources for parents, staff and students.

CISD staff has already taken steps to implement some of these initiatives, including consulting with the school district’s attorney to revise the student code of conduct, looking for student assembly speakers and planning a day to provide diversity training for staff, Moore said.

“I think we have a great opportunity while the spotlight is there to really affect some change within our community,” board trustee Danny Gilpin said.

These efforts are ongoing, and more initiatives may be added in the future, Moore said. The board has received feedback from many people in the community.

“If I could take anything positive from all of this is how many people want to engage with us and want to be part of the solution,” she said.
By Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.


MOST RECENT

Scooter's Coffee is now open at 1451 E. Buckingham Road in Richardson. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Scooter's Coffee opens in Richardson; Hawaiian Bros restaurant coming to Fort Worth and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The city of Southlake's annual Celebrate Southlake has been moved to a virtual format and will be held March 21-27. (Courtesy city of Southlake)
Celebrate Southlake event goes virtual this year; schedule to be announced soon

Due to health concerns, the annual Celebrate Southlake will be held virtually this year. A schedule of events has yet to be announced.

Harvest Hall officially opened Feb. 6 in Grapevine as part of the Grapevine Main development. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harvest Hall now open in Grapevine, new dining options in Fort Worth and more DFW news from February

Here are some of the top stories from the past month from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Two hundred rail pieces were delivered east of Shiloh Road in Plano in late 2020, according to a Dec. 18 DART release. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
DART to save millions on Silver Line project following approval of refinanced loan from U.S. Department of Transportation

The $908 million loan was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Build America Bureau in 2018, according to a Feb. 25 news release.

At its peak of power loss, the city had roughly 50,000 homes with interrupted power, many of which had prolonged outages, Plano City Manager Mark Israelson said. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano faces long-term impacts from storm; Collin County vaccine hubs resume service and more DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from this week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Any Lab Test Now will be opening a new clinic in early March in Southlake. (Courtesy Any Lab Test Now)
Any Lab Test Now coming soon to Southlake

Any Lab Test Now will be opening a location in Southlake in March.

Restore Hyper Wellness   Cryotherapy will open in Southlake in March. (Courtesy of Restore Hyper Wellness   Cryotherapy)
Restore wellness center set to open in Southlake in March

Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy will open mid-March on Southlake Blvd.

Construction notification signs next to Cheek-Sparger Road
Cheek-Sparger Road upgrades scheduled in Colleyville

A portion of Cheek-Sparger Road near Colleyville Boulevard will be open to westbound traffic only.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

The city of Grapevine will be waiving certain fees related to damage caused by Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Grapevine waives fees, provides other assistance for residents affected by winter storm

Grapevine residents will not see February in their average sanitary sewer rates to reflect accurate water usage during the winter storm.

The coffee and wine bar offers signature drinks, such as the Honey Bear Latte, made with honey and cinnamon, as well as food options, such as breakfast tacos, charcuterie boards, baked goods and snack boxes. (Courtesy Golden Boy Coffee Co.)
Golden Boy Coffee Co. opens in Plano; Black Rock Coffee Bar coming to Southlake and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Black Rock Coffee Bar will be opening in Southlake in the spring. (Courtesy of Black Rock Coffee Bar)
Oregon boutique coffee shop Black Rock Coffee Bar plans Southlake location

Black Rock Coffee is set to open two new locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including one in Southlake.