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Cleveland HS families meet over ‘hate, racism’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Despite grade-level meetings to address recent “incidents of hate and racism” at Cleveland High School, more incidents have surfaced that were addressed at a family and parent meeting Tuesday night.

In a letter to parents, Principal Ayesha Freeman said 2 new incidents of racist graffiti and hate messages in the boys’ bathrooms were found on Friday and Monday.

“We are continuing to address these issues as a school community,” Freeman wrote.

These incidents follow “deeply unsettling…hate speech and racial insensitivity” in late April. 

Concerned parents, students and staff members met with the Family and Community Equity Council Tuesday at Cleveland High to discuss putting an end to the acts. 

“The steps forward, I believe, is to actually let the kids — the students — talk to us in their language about what they feel about racism, how they are not going to tolerate it and how it is not welcomed by the overwhelming majority,” said Portland NAACP President Rev. E.D. Mondaine.

Principal Freeman wrote in the letter to parents that the school has already implemented panel discussions, a “safe room” and classes that teach the history of blackface. 

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