'Enough is enough.' Utahns take a stance against racism in Utah schools

'Enough is enough.' Utahns take a stance against racism in Utah schools (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV)- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is saying “enough is enough” when it comes to racism in Utah schools.

NAACP brought together the top district officials Monday under one roof to talk about what to do.

They came up with a start to a solution to what they say is a "problem here in our schools."

More than 40 district superintendents left the meeting with a game plan to start educating and talking to students.

“Yes these things have been occurring and yes we need to do some things about it,” said Terry Shoemaker, the Executive Director of the Utah Superintendent Association.

“For some reason this particular year, this last year, there seems to be more of it,” Shoemaker said about students being involved in racial incidents.

Many students have been caught on social media saying the n-word and other "racist comments."

Jeanetta Williams is the President of NAACP Salt Lake Branch. She says, “there are consequences when they're doing these pranks and they are thinking it's funny. It will follow them."

On Martin Luther King Day some Hurricane High School students got in trouble after a racist picture surfaced on Instagram. “It's just gotten to be really out of hand. The NAACP needed to step up and say enough is enough, we just cannot tolerate this,” Williams said.

Williams said the NAACP doesn't want to see students suspended, but they want the students, parents, and teachers educated about racism.

“We feel that they may know it's wrong, but we want to tell them face to face and get programs with the schools that these things cannot be tolerated and they can't do this,” she said.

District officials are optimistic it may help. “There's no place for racism at all in our schools or in our school systems or in our society in general, and whatever we can do as a school district, a school system or a state or a community, we want to work on those things as best we can,” Shoemaker said.

The Department of Justice also spoke to superintendents about race relations at the meeting.

School leaders will take the information back to their schools and start implementing programs, but this is just a beginning to help tackling this issue.

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