A photo of a White female student in Black face made the rounds on social media earlier this week. The student had black paint on her face while wearing a Tupac t-shirt. Some students called the behavior boldly racist during a party that included Lamar High students but not sanctioned by the district. HISD put out a statement saying racism and non-sanctioned organizations are being addressed by the school’s principal. The statement is below:
Lamar High School Principal Dr. James McSwain addressed the entire student body on Wednesday to reaffirm the school’s commitment to maintaining an educational environment that is inclusive and free of racial harassment. Students were reminded that participation in non-sanctioned organizations on campus is prohibited and that students who do so may be subject to disciplinary action. Campus administrators are currently investigating to identify any non-sanctioned student organizations that may be operating on campus, and will take appropriate disciplinary action if necessary. In addition, the Lamar staff will continue meeting with groups of students to discuss the school’s commitment to providing a school where all students feel welcome and safe.