I got so sad when I saw this...

I got a tweet about this story on KSL. I got a link to the actual student blog who this happened to a couple weeks ago here in Utah. I was APPALLED by the comments from Alta High School Students. (Sandy, Utah)

Here is the story I copied and pasted from the blog. Follow the link to see the comments. I also attached the KSL link at the bottom. Apparently, the parents think this is being taken out of proportion and it wasn't a big deal!

My blog is never used to take a negative or judgmental tone. I am only posting this because it is something that as parents we should take very seriously. We mold our children's characters. These type of things get me so worked up. Not mad, angry, aggressive, just extremely sad. Even more devastating that these actions come from youth. Makes me feel scared to expose my children to a world of peers like these. I am very sad today ;-(









Alta High School students targeted with KKK Hoods and Hail Hitlers’.

Posted by Larz Cosby in Voice of a CERU. 774 Comments
I am currently a junior at Alta High School. I’m bi-racial. I have been attending Alta High School since the fall of 2010. I have experienced several occurrences of racism since then but it was the usual ignorant rants that mindless people say.
On March 17, 2011 @ approximately 9:00am the school was gathering for our annual spirit bowl. I woke up excited because the first spirit bowl I attended was fun but this time I was going to actually participate.
While walking across the gym floor to find a seat, a student wearing a white hood with holes for eyes was jumping around. When his friends saw that I had noticed they began pointing and laughing. I immediately demanded that he remove the hood. He then approached me and began dancing in my face and taunting me. I snatch the hood and threw it behind me and his crowd of friends became very displeased with this. I found a seat, finally, and sat down next to a friend. She, her sister and her friend all asked me if I was ok. I told them I was ok, and then began to contemplate how I was going to handle the situation.
I felt numb! I had no idea that the KKK was part of my high school spirit bowl.
Later during the assembly he donned his hood again. When he got the opportunity, he began running in circles while showing his support for the general Nazi cause, hailing Hitler. I was immediately reminded of a recent movie on Netflix that I watched with my father. The images of the Nazi party marching while the people hailing Hitler as they strolled by.
From my observation nothing was said or done but later a group of people’s names, including the racist supporter, were called to the administrative office.
After the spirit bowl I walked to my Spanish class and was appalled that he was sitting in class. His friends were laughing and bragging how funny it was. I then realized I needed to talk to my father as soon as possible. I asked my teacher if I could go to the restroom, took the pass, and when I got outside I called my father. He told me to go to the office immediately and tell someone about my situation. I had no idea he was preparing to join me.
We all know that racism is a problem and I had heard a series of stories underlying race problems in Utah. I am now convinced that this is true. Who in their right mind would plan to blatantly enforce their hate for others in a large gathering in a public school? How is it a joke? How is that funny?
This incidence has made a lot of people really show their true feelings at Alta High School. I was so surprised to find that there was a large group of supporters for the student and his racist demonstration. They even are so brazen to express their view on Facebook. They are so entrenched with their cause that they are willing to show their name and face in support of hate.
If your child has to attend Alta High School and they are nonwhite just know that the chances of being treated unethically are very high. My experience is that to be a non-white individual is a bad thing at Alta High School. Some people who are non-white have conformed, so they do not have to deal with this type of bullying.
My father was not surprised by what happened. He grew up in Utah and remembers that school administrators, teacher, parents, and students felt free to use the N-Word and other forms of emotional mistreatment. He is writing a book about his life and he says he is pulling back the curtain on this type of hatred. He also informed me that a lot has changed and there are people who will not stand for that behavior. My parents have taught me to love people and respect everyone but no one can prepare you for this kind of treatment/torment.

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Jodi said…
Racism is a learned behavior. I'll never forget a moment I had teaching and some ignorant student made a homophobic comment to a student (whose brother was gay) and he was deeply offended. I LOST IT! I actually wrote up the student, everyone was shocked because that is not supposed to be considered "racist"... Like HELL it is. Sorry for my choice of words.

There is hope though, our generation is so much more open-minded and it is the norm to shun that type of behavior.
Flor said…
Awesome wish more teachers were willing to take responsibility in teaching those type of morals in the classroom. Your awesome tho wouldn't expect anything less. I felt really bummed out earlier today about this incident :-( But I feel all better now. I used it as a teaching moment for the kids, didn't even tell them about this. Just inspired me to talk to them about their worth and value to God and to society with their many talents, beautiful languages, hair color, big brown eyes. All I can do on my part is remind them how great they are if they ever encounter these types of issues in the real world, our teachings of self love, respect for others and appreciation for the world around them will guide them to make the right choices :)
Chiquis said…
Completely agree, Flor. Teachings of self love, respect for others and appreciation for the world around us is key to making the right choices and helping bring a bit more acceptance and celebration of the wonderful diversity of life. It's unfortunate so many people (young and old) never received those teachings. I applaud you for instilling them in your kids :)
Flor said…
Thanks Chiquis ;-) self love has got to be the key to happiness! dont u think?? thanks for reading my post this was a heavy one but it ended up well.
thepascuas said…
Finally i got the whole scoop on this story. It was driving me nuts not knowing.
I think its ignorant .
I cant imagine someone not knowing what the KKK is or Hitler.
Also the administration sucks, they need to stop things like that when they happen not afterward.
I would probably go on and on on this subject, iM too upset about it to do so.
BOOO racism.
Flor said…
Thanks Chiquis ;-) self love has got to be the key to happiness! dont u think?? thanks for reading my post this was a heavy one but it ended up well.
Chiquis said…
Completely agree, Flor. Teachings of self love, respect for others and appreciation for the world around us is key to making the right choices and helping bring a bit more acceptance and celebration of the wonderful diversity of life. It's unfortunate so many people (young and old) never received those teachings. I applaud you for instilling them in your kids :)
Flor said…
Awesome wish more teachers were willing to take responsibility in teaching those type of morals in the classroom. Your awesome tho wouldn't expect anything less. I felt really bummed out earlier today about this incident :-( But I feel all better now. I used it as a teaching moment for the kids, didn't even tell them about this. Just inspired me to talk to them about their worth and value to God and to society with their many talents, beautiful languages, hair color, big brown eyes. All I can do on my part is remind them how great they are if they ever encounter these types of issues in the real world, our teachings of self love, respect for others and appreciation for the world around them will guide them to make the right choices :)

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