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Hate speech reports cause concern in Duluth schools

Forum News Service

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth school district teachers will talk with students this week about diversity and tolerance following reports of election-related hate speech coming from several schools, including East and Denfeld high schools.

Last week racist and homophobic graffiti was discovered in a girls' bathroom stall at Denfeld, and some East students were targeted by another East student with racist speech on social media.

The Denfeld graffiti and the comments made on Facebook both made reference to President-elect Donald Trump. Superintendent Bill Gronseth said intolerance has been observed at elementary and middle schools, too, in the wake of last week's election results.

"We've seen an increase in some troubling behaviors across the district and we're just sharing with families, asking them to have conversations with their students about this; about racist language, images and behavior. It's not acceptable," Gronseth said.

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