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Principal wants parents to have conversations with students after racial slur found at middle school

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The administration at one Connecticut school is are investigating hate speech on a middle school wall. 

A racial slur was written on the inside of a bathroom stall at Timothy Edwards Middle School last week. Principal Nancy Larson said the slur used is “not acceptable.”

“We are committed to helping our students understand the impact of their words on others,” Larson said in a letter to parents.

The school has reached out to the Anti-Defamation League and Deacon Art Miller. They will talk with the staff and students about these incidents.

“Clearly, there is more work to do,” Larson said. 

Larson said they will send more information to parents, but wanted them to start the conversation with their children.

“We will continue to do our part in addressing any situation brought to our attention,” Larson said. “A partnership between home and family builds the strongest foundation.  We ask for your help in having these important conversations as we maintain our commitment to honor the TE values of respect, caring, honesty, responsibility and kindness.”

Parents told Eyewitness News this incident comes just two years after that same word popped up in curriculum and caused controversy in the school community. 

"They informed the parents that that was part of the book they were reading and perhaps they could have prepared the kids better to hear that language," South Windsor parent Susan Andrusis said.

While parents are troubled by the most recent developments, they told Eyewitness News they were encouraged by the district's response, then and now.  

"I'm happy with the way that South Windsor schools have dealt with issues like these in the past," South Windsor parent Marguerite Enderle said. 

But for some families, it's another teaching lesson.  

"The racial words that people use everyday will always come out. It's up to you to let it go over your head and keep going," South Windsor grand parent  Berlene Douglas said.  

Officials are keeping tight-lipped on any possible consequences. 

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