Williamson County Schools is in “close communication” with the Franklin Police Department as it investigates the writing of a racial slur on the marquee of Hunters Bend Elementary School after it was discovered on June 20, according to a release from the school district.
“I join our Hunters Bend school community in acknowledging the pain caused by this hurtful, appalling act of vandalism, and I want our families and employees to know that we will not tolerate hate speech or racist vandalism inside or outside our buildings,” WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said in the release. “Our district leadership team and our school principals will work with local law enforcement and our court system to prosecute those who commit these illegal acts to the fullest extent of the law.”
According to Hunters Bend Principal Yolanda Blackburn, this marks the second time racial slurs have been written on school property in the last year and a half.
“I am disappointed, saddened and hurt that intolerance and racism continue to exist in our community,” Blackburn said in the release. “HBES is committed to providing a welcoming learning environment for all our students. We must remember students come first, and it’s all about providing a nurturing and safe community for our learners. As principal, I look forward to getting back to the business of educating our students this fall.”