Racism investigations continue

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:23 PM

The incidents involved KKK-like apparel and a racial slur written on a school bus window.

Below is information obtained by the Grand Haven Tribune through a Freedom of Information Act request fulfilled by Grand Haven Area Public Schools:

— On Dec. 6, 2012, the school district received a request from the federal Office of Civil Rights to provide information including video surveillance and communication involving racial harassment from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

— A bus surveillance video from February shows Katie Bridgeforth put her head down during the ride. Bridgeforth said she and her friend were subjects of harassment when male students said, “Look at those n-----s over there. I’ll give you $5 if you (have sex with) one of them.”

— The school district could not fulfill the Office for Civil Rights or the Tribune’s request for a school surveillance video. “Our district’s security camera footage is automatically erased after 30 days, therefore, the video footage is unavailable,” the response to federal investigators reads.

To read documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, download the RELATED FILE below this story.

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