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Coatesville students protest amid racially-charged incidents


Students at Coatesville Area High School staged a protest on Friday morning following racially-charged incidents involving the school.

Chopper 6 was overhead as the students sat side-by-side in a semi-circle outside the school.

The protest was primarily in response to a picture showing four students from Coatesville High School posing behind carved pumpkins, one of which reveals a swastika while another reads “KKK.”

That incident came after a photo showing an ethnic doll hanging from the ceiling of a locker room inside Coatesville High surfaced last week.

Superintendent Cathy Taschner said in an earlier interview these incidents will not define the district. She said she is disgusted by the photos, but they will certainly be used to make this a teachable moment.

“We will not tolerate it in our schools,” said Taschner. “We will work to educate children and we will work to continue to educate staff. And we’ve been doing a lot of that.”

Coatesville police and Coatesville School District police are investigating. At this point there is no indication that any charges are pending, however, the district said all individuals involved in both incidents will be subject to sensitivity training.

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