December 11, 2007
The Poway Unified School District is toughening its policy on harassment and hate behavior after a series of incidents on campuses, including nooses being found at two high schools.
Superintendent Don Phillips said the recent “disturbing incidents” reflect racial harassment and intimidation against students. Phillips said that the district won't tolerate such behavior and that the policy revisions reflect the district's commitment to cultivating safe campuses.
The changes had a first reading at last night's school board meeting. They include more training for students and staff to promote tolerance and diversity and add “the presence of nooses” as a specific example of hate behavior.