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Local school officials respond to reports of racially-based harassment

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Officials with Amphitheater Public Schools released the following statement regarding reports of racially-based harassment at Ironwood Ridge High School.

"We are extremely troubled about complaints of racially-based harassment and derogatory language toward some of our students at Ironwood Ridge High School. We take these allegations very seriously. Upon learning about the allegations, the District Office started an immediate investigation. Our Equal Opportunity Officer is taking a comprehensive approach to the investigation. We are continuing to interview students. Any students found to have been involved in harassment or making derogatory remarks or threats have been, or will be, disciplined.

"We have a firm and unequivocal statement of non-discrimination that reads; The Amphitheater School District is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religion/religious beliefs, gender, creed, citizenship status, marital status, political beliefs/affiliation, home language, disability, family, social or cultural background in admission or access to, or treatment in its educational programs and activities, nor in its employment practices.

"Ironwood Ridge Principal Michael Szolowicz held school assemblies on Tuesday, October 29 to address expectations that students always show respect for others. Mr. Szolowicz talked about specific words and behavior that are disrespectful, and that will not be tolerated. He encouraged students to talk with their friends about positive language and actions.

"At Ironwood Ridge High School, they have a saying: "Our House," meaning the school is a home to all. Superintendent Patrick Nelson echoes this: "Our students are our greatest assets. We are deeply committed to making sure that each student feels welcome, and that we provide a productive and positive learning environment."

Click here for the letter sent to parents.

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