Students at Colerain High School (CHS) in Cincinnati, Ohio, are being disciplined after they had posted “Blacks only” and “whites only” signs over water fountains earlier this month. The students claim the signs were only posted for under 30 seconds so photos could be taken for social media.
The school district posted the public-facing statement May 16 following a report by Fox 19.
“These water fountains were labeled ‘Blacks only,’ ‘whites only,’ which pushed us back so many generations,” a parent, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Cincinnati-based news outlet. “My heart dropped. My heart dropped. I could not believe it. It was so offensive.”
Earlier this week, the Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) Administration released a statement regarding the troubling incident.
“On May 5, 2022 our Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) Administration was made aware of an inappropriate and racist message that was displayed over Colerain High School’s (CHS) water fountains at the end of the school day. Upon being notified, District and school officials immediately began investigating. School officials also notified CHS parents by letter that day which condemned the behavior that was displayed.”
“Upon investigation of the matter, we have learned that the notes posted over the water fountains were posted for a matter of 30 seconds before being removed by the students. The students involved in the incident posted the signs, took photos and removed the notes before posting the photos online. Those who participated in this tasteless and hurtful act have been issued significant disciplinary actions.”
Out of the 1,700 students who attend Colerain High School (CHS) in Cincinnati, 50 percent of them are white while 30 percent of those who attend the school are Black.