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Controversy Over Racism Article in School Paper

KSAL Staff - September 25, 2017 7:27 pm

An article in the Salina Central High School newspaper is generating controversy, and prompted an apology by the USD 305 School District.

The article in question appeared in the Salina Central High School Pylon on Friday. It dealt with the topic of racism.

The content of article itself isn’t the major issue,  as much as a single quote in regard to slavery attributed to a student. The quote read:

“Racism is not a big deal in America. Black people only make it a big deal because they are still upset about slavery, but that was in 1860 and slavery helped America. People should get over it so we can move on.”

The district issued the flowing statement on Friday evening:

“USD 305 District and Salina Central High School apologize for any hurt or disappointment caused by the Pylon, the high school’s September 2017 student newspaper. We assure parents and patrons that an investigation is underway due to the controversies that may be sparked from the Pylon articles. Working together when issues like this arise is what makes us such a strong community. It is most important that we stay unified in this vision and support all of our students. Thank you.””

USD 305 Superintendent Dr. James Hardy told KSAL News that unfortunately the message of the article seems to have gotten lost.


Hardy says the comment in the article prompted a lot of emotion at the school.


Though there was an “investigation” into the issue, Hardy says that there will not be any punishment, because no rules were broken


Hardy says that the school will learn from this, and grow from it. He said it is a “teachable moment.” “Controversial things can be great learning opportunities, as painful as they are,” Hardy said.


Hardy added that the students on the Pylon staff have the full support of the administration.


The quote has generated a lot of emotion, and some anger. Over 30 students met with the principal on Monday.

The quote has also generated some animosity toward the student who it is attributed to. Because of several incidents, safety concerns prompted the student to briefly leave town over the weekend.


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Keely Denning

September 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm

This was not just any kid, he is the quarter back on the football team! You think that is bad what he said? You haven’t seen anything! He posted on snap chat something so racially vile, that he should be removed from the team. This is not acceptable.

Faith Whitaker

September 26, 2017 at 8:07 am

there was way more racist name being said then what he said in the pylon but I will state that all in all the story was great but, I’ve never ever expected a young man that goes to school with mixed races to be openluy racist.

Marcus DeWayne Gray

September 26, 2017 at 10:21 am

Makes me wonder what they are teaching in the school as well. Is the truth about him crow being taught? The fight and the struggle after slavery was abolished? I think the kid needs to be removed from the team. I’m surprised students themselves haven’t called for it. I know I would. I wouldn’t want him to lead my team calling me a N****R. Smh

Keely Denning

September 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

Marcus, I am not worried about what he is learning in school, but what kind of values is this kid learning at home?
The kid had to “briefly leave town over the weekend”. Poor thing, he is getting a small taste of what it is like to be a minority.
Now, after his snapchat rant full of the N word, he needs to find a all white school.

Larry Elmquist

September 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm

I congratulate the school newspaper for editing the young man’s original comment. Had it been printed as originally offered, not a scorched stone of Salina Central would be standing today.

Marcus DeWayne Gray

September 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

Keely you do know that this student is Black right?

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