Shelton students involved in alleged blackface post apologize to school

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SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school superintendent says students responsible for a social media post of a person in blackface have been identified and apologized during a school assembly.

Shelton Superintendent Chris Clouet tells Hearst Media Connecticut the girls responsible apologized Friday at Shelton Intermediate School, the town’s middle school. He says the apology featured a PowerPoint presentation, during which a detailed history and meaning of blackface in the African American community was shown.

No names were disclosed.

The photo that appeared on Snapchat last week showed what appeared to be a girl with a black substance on her face. The photo is captioned with a racial slur and the person is making obscene gestures.

Principal Dina Marks said the “unfortunate incident does not reflect our school values.”

The head of the Ansonia and Valley NAACP says more disciplinary action is needed for the middle school student. The NAACP is planning to rally before Wednesday’s Shelton Board of Education meeting.

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