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• February 20 Letter from Superintendent

Parents, students and community members,


You may be aware of an incident on Friday night (February 17) at the basketball game between Sage Creek High School and Carlsbad High School. During the game, CHS students displayed handmade “K” signs. The students told school staff this was short for “OK,” as used in text messages, and did not represent a message other than “OK.” At one point in the game, three CHS students were sitting next to each other holding up the “K” signs. When placed side-by-side, the signs read “KKK.”


School staff removed the signs immediately.


Photos of the the three students holding up the signs were shared via social media throughout the weekend, and a local news channel aired a story about this on Sunday night.


CHS administration continues to investigate the incident. Be assured that this is being taken seriously; however, as in any matter of student discipline, we do not publicly comment on disciplinary action.


To be clear: holding up signs with the name of a hate group is offensive and unacceptable. Whatever the motive or intent, the action conveys a message of intolerance. The symbolic implication of these signs does not reflect the belief of the Carlsbad Unified School District or Carlsbad High School. We intend our schools to be safe places for all students.



Dr. Benjamin Churchill


Carlsbad Unified School District

Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District Published:2/20/17
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