Students at Central Dauphin take action after racially-charged social media post

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In October, a photo of a group of girls from Central Dauphin High School holding a sign with a racial slur was posted on social media.

The district would not confirm what disciplinary action was taken, but students are taking action to help unite the district.

Jessica Brown is part of the “Destroy the Hate Campaign.” She says hearing racial slurs can be hurtful, but the actions of a few don’t represent the entire school district.

“The effort is designed to bring our student population together, no matter who you are or your race,” she said.

Olivia Smith is also a part of the campaign. She says it’s all hands on deck.

“We have set a goal,” she said. “We want to speak and represent those who feel they don’t have a voice.”

Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson says the district will look at training and awareness programs for students, faculty and staff.

“Our schools are a reflection of our society,” Johnson said. “It does not go away because you hope it away.”

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