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KEARNEY — In a letter sent to district families last week, Kearney School District Superintendent Bill Nicely said the district and high school are responding to an incident involving racial harassment.

According to the letter, a Kearney High School student sent a social media post to a fellow student last weekend, which was outside of school, that contained “racially explicit content” that the district categorized as “racial harassment.”

“Even though the incident occurred outside of the normal school day, it quickly created a disruption at the high school,” Nicely wrote in the letter. “In our school district, we have addressed other incidents of students experiencing racial bullying, but nothing to this extent.”

Nicely said the district works hard to provide the best learning environment possible for all students, which includes making sure no student feels marginalized by an adult or peer.

“I am saddened by this recent incident because although we have taken steps in the right direction, we still have work to do in our school and community,” he wrote in the letter.

In the letter to parents and guardians in the district, the superintendent said the district's Diversity and Inclusion Committee provided learning opportunities for staff and students to help people recognize biases. The district, he said, is developing plans for students, staff and the community to dialogue around these concerns.

Nicely said he wants families to assist by having added conversations at home about topics of bullying and how to create a more inclusive environment for all.

More details on the developing story will be published as they become available.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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