School employee in Louisiana accused in hate speech vandalism no longer employed with school, officials say

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METAIRIE, La. (WDSU) — A Metairie school issued a statement Tuesday after one of its employees was accused and implicated in an incident where hate speech was spray-painted on a fence.

Kehoe France School issued the following statement after photos on social media showed a fence vandalized with racist and hateful speech.

The school said in its statement that it has zero tolerance for the speech and actions portrayed in the vandalism, and will be launching an investigation into the employee who was allegedly implicated in the display.

The statement read:

“Dear Kehoe-France Community,

“Just a short while ago, it was brought to my attention that, on a Facebook post, a Kehoe-France employee has been implicated in a display that involved hateful and racist speech. I want to state clearly that Kehoe-France has zero tolerance for such speech, action or ideologies, and we have launched an internal investigation into this matter.

“The mission of Kehoe-France is to give each student a strong academic foundation, promote social skills and physical well-being, and nurture cultural and ethical development in a caring and aesthetically pleasing environment. Racism and bigotry cannot be part of that experience.

“As head of school at KFSS, there is no higher priority for me than to have a school community in which racial equality and inclusion are demonstrated in all aspects of our lives together.

“Thank you to those parents who have reached out to me regarding this matter, I promise to update you as soon as possible with the findings of our investigation and any actions taken.

“Kindest Regards, Dr. Price.”

Tuesday evening, Price issued a second statement confirming that the teacher implicated in the incident is no longer employed with the school.

The statement read:

“Dear Kehoe-France Community,

“During times of crisis, tenacious communities recognize, analyze, and recommit to their values. As we watch injustice, pain, and conflict unfold in our country, we hold firmly to our goal of creating a community where people feel respected, heard, and valued.

“With that commitment in mind and as promised, I would like to follow up on my previous email regarding the employee who was implicated in a display that involved racist speech. As stated, we have zero tolerance for such speech, action, or ideologies and therefore, the employee is no longer employed at Kehoe-France School.

“We are a strong community that values each other, seeks to eliminate bias in school, and encourages awareness and understanding of multiple perspectives. As always, we will continue the mission of Kehoe-France and strive to educate our community to move forward with positive change.

“I would like to personally thank the Kehoe-France community for your continued support of our mission. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with questions or concerns.

“Kindest regards, Dr. Price.”

By: WDSU Digital Team

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