Kokomo H.S. staff member fired, 2 students in trouble over slur caught on video


KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) - Kokomo High School has fired a staff member and two students are in trouble over a game of "Hangman" caught on camera.

According to our partners at the Kokomo Tribune, a video shared on social media shows the employee and a student playing the game on a tablet on Tuesday.

During the clip, you can see what appears to be the "N" word nearly spelled out, with one of the letters missing.

The school district says the student "recreated an animated cartoon scene that was offensive and in poor taste."

Both that student and the student who violated school policy by making the recording have been disciplined.

The school district released the following statement about the incident Thursday:

On Tuesday, Nov. 28th, a student recreated an animated cartoon scene that was offensive and in poor taste. The student shared this inappropriate image with a paraprofessional. No teachers were involved in this situation.

After an investigation by high school administrators, the student was disciplined for this disruptive act in accordance with school guidelines. The paraprofessional involved has been notified of his pending termination by Kokomo Schools.

A second student violated school policy that states, “Photography, filming, videotaping, or audiotaping of students or school personnel are forbidden without prior consent of the individuals photographed or recorded at non-public events. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary penalty and the electronic device being confiscated and returned only to the parent or guardian.”

The specific discipline of this second student cannot be discussed. In all cases, the disciplinary consequences are based on the number of times a policy has been violated and also may include the number of times the student has violated other school policies, such as skipping classes or being truant from school, for example.

Kokomo Schools Director of Communications Dave Barnes noted: “We want people to know that Kokomo Schools has zero tolerance for this sort of behavior; such actions will not be tolerated.”

The following statement from Kokomo High School Principal Angela Blessing was sent to KHS students and staff at the end of the school day Thursday (Nov. 30th): “Discrimination in any form is unconscionable and will not be tolerated at Kokomo High School. I am proud of our students and staff who work to create an inclusive and welcoming school environment at KHS. We will continue our work to reinforce our expectations about mutual respect among our diverse student body.”

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