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Student admits creating racist post that sparked Berkeley walkout

A student at the school admitted to posting the message, which referred to the Ku Klux Klan, used derogatory language related to African Americans and threatened a “public lynching” on Dec. 9, officials said. The student, whose name was not released, acknowledged creating the post in a statement to school officials, said Berkeley school district spokesman Mark Coplan. “This is a hate crime and messages such as this one will not stand in our community,” said Principal Sam Pasarow in an e-mail to the school community late Wednesday. “We really understand the students’ pain, their anguish and their fear and are doing everything we can to work with Berkeley police and other agencies to figure out what happened,” Coplan said. School district officials said the message appeared to be a modified screenshot of the school’s library Web page, and that it had been left on one computer in the library. Lauren Moore, another Berkeley High student, marched down Telegraph Avenue with a friend, holding a sign reading “Black Lives Matter” given to her by a math teacher. Students from the school’s Black Student Union responded to the computer posting in a widely distributed statement, calling it an act of terrorism. The perpetrator sympathizes with the racist cause of the KKK and makes a clear threat to lynch Black students this Dec. 9. Students who planned the protest said school officials should have reacted more quickly. In December, over winter break, a noose made from string was found hanging from a tree on the campus, and then in the spring, the yearbook was altered just prior to printing, identifying an academy within the high school that serves primarily students of color as “trash collectors of tomorrow.” Officials were requesting that other law enforcement agencies be brought in to investigate the most recent incident, Coplan said.

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