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Racism in schools discussed in Phillpsburg

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Parents and students say they want the Phillipsburg School District to take a more active approach to addressing racial tensions and harassment.

The school district and police department held a meeting Monday night.

They called it a "cultural and restorative initiative."

The meeting comes a few weeks after a social media post by a Phillipsburg student used a racial slur that angered some parents and students.

"Some type of punishment should have been dealt to the young lady that made the statements. Just to let her know it's not right to say everything that you're about to think," said Jovanna Byron who said she attended the meeting as a concerned citizen.

"There no room in Phillipsburg for discrimination of race, sexual discrimination, or anything like that," said Mayor Stephen Ellis.

“I'm here because I want to make sure that that message gets across, it's very important to our town. We have a long way to go and we can't have our children falling into this type of behavior," Ellis said.

Despite the Mayor and the Phillipsburg Police Department promoting the meeting on Facebook, the district superintendent told 69 News that the meeting was not open to the media and did not want to answer any questions.


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