An email containing “racist remarks” was sent from a Wilcox Technical High School staff member’s account to other staff members and students Monday afternoon, state police said.
Police said the staff member’s account appeared to have been hacked about 2:17 p.m.
“An email was sent to school staff and students that included deeply disturbing, inappropriate, and offensive racial comments that have absolutely no place in our schools,” said Laura Stefon, a spokesperson and chief of staff at the state Department of Education, in a statement.
Stefon said the Technical High School System was working with state police to identify “all individuals involved.” She said parents had been made of aware of the incident.
“Minority teacher recruitment and social justice efforts are among the most important work we do at the Department and we will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Stefon said. “Discrimination, harassment and bullying have no place in our school communities. We remain committed to ensuring that all students, educators, and staff have access to safe and supportive learning environments.”
Wilcox Technical High School Principal Joyce Mowrey and Technical High School System Interim Superintendent Jeffrey Wihbey did not return requests for comment Monday evening.
State police said they are investigating the incident with assistance from the Computer Crimes Unit.