RCS responds to hate speech found on bathroom door

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District and the Coeymans Police Department are investigating racially motivated hate speech found on a restroom stall door in a boys bathroom at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Once school officials were notified of the situation, the stall door was removed immediately.

“We would like any and all help to catch the person who did this,” Superintendent Robert Libby said. “This person is not representative of our high school, our school district or our community. We strive to teach tolerance and acceptance, and we will continue to instill those ideals in our students.”

Libby says any individuals found to have participated in the acts of graffiti will be disciplined according to disciplinary policies in the district’s Code of Conduct.

High school teachers took time during their second period classes on Friday, Dec. 18 to discuss the incident with students and listen to any concerns they might have.

Counselors and students from the Diversity Club are available throughout the day in the main office to meet with any students who would like to share their feelings. School officials are also available to any students or families who have concerns or information regarding the incident.

“It is important for our students to understand the impact their words have on others and the consequences that come with hateful messages,” Libby said. “We strive to create a safe space for students and will continue in those efforts.”