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Quincy Public Colleges investigating offensive materials college students shared on social media

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Quincy Public Colleges officers are investigating after college students at Quincy Excessive Faculty and North Quincy Excessive shared video and audio recordsdata on social media that embody hate speech and sexual harassment, district officers mentioned.

The offensive recordings, shared “underneath the guise of athletic rivalry,” got here to mild Friday, and people accountable shall be disciplined, in keeping with a letter despatched Friday afternoon to households from faculties Superintendent Kevin W. Mulvey and the principals and athletic administrators of each excessive faculties.

“This misconduct is extraordinarily disturbing to the focused adults and college students and the whole Quincy Public Colleges neighborhood,” the officers mentioned within the letter. “There’s an investigation underway and this offensive and harmful conduct is not going to be tolerated and the scholars concerned shall be held accountable and appropriately disciplined.”

They mentioned the recordings “replicate widespread tradition however the college students concerned lack the maturity and understanding of their influence on the varsity neighborhood of making and sharing such content material.”

The athletic administrators and coaches on the excessive faculties will work with group captains and gamers to ship a message “about optimistic management, having respect for all, addressing hate speech, and respecting the privilege of representing the varsity as a member of an athletic group,” officers mentioned.

In July, the excessive faculties started working with the YouthSpeak Program supplied by the anti-domestic violence group DOVE Inc. to supply alternatives for college students to problem stereotypes, develop social abilities, and lift consciousness about misogyny and sexual harassment, officers mentioned.

“You will need to foster dialog inside the entire college neighborhood to speak, share, and plan for optimistic change,” they mentioned.

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