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Student Labels Water Fountains At Wisconsin High School With "White" And "Colored" Signs
School officials say they've identified the student responsible for the signs and have taken disciplinary action.
A Wisconsin high school is at the center of controversy this week after photos began circulating online that show two water fountains in the school's hallway labeled with the words "white" and "colored."
A photo of the segregated fountains at Franklin High School was posted on Facebook on Monday, and school officials have since taken action. School administrators have identified the student responsible for the offensive signs and are taking steps to address his or her behavior, WISN reports. They will not, however, be publicly identifying the student, citing confidentiality concerns.
Jacob Romanski, a student at Franklin High, went to administrators earlier this week after taking a photo of the fountains, and told Fox News that he posted the pic online in order to raise awareness about the bigotry he's seen take place at his school.
"This picture is kind of opening people's eyes to what the students are seeing," Romanski said. "People say the 'n' word. They throw that around. There's also other discriminatory words they use such as the 'r' word."
School officials sent out a letter to parents on Tuesday condemning the "offensive, hurtful, and wrong" display, WISN reports.
"This act was in no way part of any school project, curriculum, or initiative. This was an individual act of student behavior," it reads in part. "Franklin High School administration is aware of a photo showing this racist imagery and comments circulating on social media in and outside of our community. Campus safety is a priority. We work closely with the Franklin Police Department to ensure our community is safe."