Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School prom ends early after racial slurs shouted, school officials say

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Massachusetts school district officials are investigating after a racial incident forced them to end the prom early. According to a letter to families in the Hamilton-Wenham District, the incident occurred at the April 28 junior prom and involved a student or students shouting a racial slur. “As the music played and the students danced, one or more students shouted the N-word. This racial slur was heard by a number of our students and made them very upset,” Superintendent Eric Tracy wrote. Principal Bryan Menegoni addressed all of the students directly during the dance and ended the event early. Tracy said that although some blamed the music played during the dance – specifically the song “Caroline” of Anime – for the incident, he disagrees. “All the music played at the prom was appropriate on the radio because it is a standard of the DJ before he was hired”, he said written. A clean, approved version of the song was played. The school said it continues to address the incident with students. “I want to acknowledge that this word is hateful, hurtful and shameful, and n doesn’t belong anywhere in our school community. I am upset and disappointed that even one of our students would use this word in any context,” Menegoni said in the letter. The school said it is unclear who shouted the insult. The school said it was continuing to investigate the incident and had requested police assistance.

Massachusetts school district officials are investigating after a racial incident forced them to end the prom early.

According to a letter to families in the Hamilton-Wenham District, the incident occurred at the April 28 junior prom and involved a student or students shouting a racial slur.

“As the music played and the students danced, one or more students shouted the N-word. This racial slur was heard by a number of our students and made them very upset,” Superintendent Eric Tracy wrote.

Principal Bryan Menegoni addressed all of the students directly during the dance and ended the event early.

Tracy said that although some blamed the music played during the dance – specifically the song “Carolina” by Anime — for the incident, he disagrees.

“All the music played at prom was radio appropriate as it’s a DJ standard before he was hired,” he wrote.

A clean, approved version of the song was played.

The school said it continues to address the incident with students.

“I want to acknowledge that this word is hateful, hurtful and shameful, and has no place in our school community. I am upset and disappointed that even one of our students is using this word in any context. ,” Menegoni said in the letter.

The school said it is unclear who shouted the insult. The school said it was continuing to investigate the incident and had requested police assistance.

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