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A Media Statement from the Sarasota County School District Regarding a Riverview High School Student’s Social Media Post – April 23, 2018

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Since Sunday, the Sarasota County School District has been looking into the incident of the racist prom proposal created by a Riverview High School student and posted on social media. This issue has caused incredible disruption to our school and community. We do not want the behavior of individuals to be considered the narrative of the entire school community, and we want to provide the following update regarding steps the school district is taking since the post was initially discovered.

On Monday, a diverse cross-section of students met with school officials to talk about various issues including economic, racial, ethnic and gender disparities. In addition, students voiced their concerns about racial tensions at the school. To more formally investigate and gather this information about these important topics, the school district has invited Trevor Harvey with the Sarasota NAACP chapter to facilitate a student-led conversation at Riverview High School to learn more and share ideas for change. We believe our students can be powerful voices of reason and help us fund solutions to the racial alienation that some children may feel. It is our goal that these roundtable discussions take place at other schools throughout the district to directly hear from students about these topics that are national in scope, but important to our community. From there, we will make resources available to our students to effectively address the issue of inequality in our schools.

Regarding the student who made the poster that was put on social media, the school district continues its investigation into this matter. We are working with school administrators, students and their parents to determine a course of disciplinary action according to school policy. Meanwhile, the student’s family has released a statement, which is included for your review.

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Communications and Community Relations
Tracey Beeker, Director
tracey.beeker@sarasotacountyschools.net

Kelsey Whealy, Media Relations Specialist
kelsey.whealy@sarasotacountyschools.net

Caroline Lee, Administrative Assistant;
Public Records Custodian, Peachjar eflyers    
caroline.lee@sarasotacountyschools.net 

Digital Communications
Mina Ajrab, Manager
mina.ajrab@sarasotacountyschools.net

Torie Ewald, Social Media Strategist
torie.ewald@sarasotacountyschools.net

Katy Ellis, Social Media Producer
kathryn.ellis@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-4009 or
941-927-9000 ext. 74009
Fax: 941-927-2539
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Education Channel 20/33
John Flowerree, Manager
john.flowerree@sarasotacountyschools.net

Stephen Pannone, Engineer
stephen.pannone@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-361-6355
Fax: 941-361-6358
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, Florida 34233

Community Involvement
Lyndsey Cantees, Coordinator  
lyndsey.cantees@sarasotacountyschools.net

Jennifer Anderson, Administrative Assistant
CommunityInvolvement@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31500
Fax: 941-361-6539
Green 1st Floor

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