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KKK-like incidents at Grand Haven High School under investigation

7:38 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich.  (WZZM/Grand Haven Tribune)-- A series of race-related incidents at Grand Haven High School are at the center of ongoing federal and criminal investigations.

Grand Haven Schools' superintendent Keith Konarska told WZZM 13 Saturday that the U.S Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the district are examining the alleged incidents, which reportedly started this past fall.

Konarska won't say how many students have been involved, but he says three have received disciplinary action.

He calls the cases unacceptable and says the district is taking them very seriously. He says one incident included KKK-like apparel.

"There was a hat that was involved, that a student had written those letters on. Again, that's part of the specific discipline that I can't share, " he says.

According to our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune, the alleged victim's mother is calling the incidents incidents "racial intimidation." The complaints also include a racial slur written on a school bus window. The student says her classmates also used a racial slur when describing her and her friend.

A separate criminal investigation into the window incident is also ongoing.

Konarska said he finds any method of racially insensitive behavior to be unacceptable, and says the school district is fully cooperating with investigators.

For more on this story, visit The Grand Haven Tribune's website.

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