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Nash schools distribute message about racist social media posts

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NASHVILLE — A message appearing recently on the Southern Nash High School website condemning racist social media posts wasn’t specific to the school, but meant for a district-wide audience, according to education administrators.

“We have been made aware of recent social media posts that have run counter to our school district’s goal of maintaining a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for all staff and students,” Superintendent Steve Ellis stated in a message that first appeared on the SNHS website in early June.

Ellis asked all principals to share his message either on social media, their school website or via email, said Chris Catalano, the district’s executive director of communication, planning and engagement.

“It was not posted in response to any specific situation,” Catalano said. “The alert message ran on the district website most of last week, was posted on our social media accounts and was sent in a ConnectEd message to all staff and all NRMPS families.”

Ellis’ message states that Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools prides itself on its commitment to equality and excellence. The district appreciates and values the opinions, beliefs and cultures of each member of the school community.

“Insensitive racist statements posted on social media run counter to who we are as a community,” Ellis said in his statement. 

Ellis made note of the recent peaceful protests in Rocky Mount and asked the school community to continue the proud moment to strengthen the district’s commitment to equity and excellence. 

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