DOJ investigation reveals ‘serious and widespread racial harassment’ in this Utah school district

Black, Asian American students have faced harassment in dozens of Davis School District schools, investigators say.
By: | October 22, 2021

Black students in Davis School District told Department of Justice investigators that they were routinely called the N-word or other racial epithets by other non-Black students, and they were told that their skin was dirty or looked like feces.

“Many Black students said the harassment was so pervasive and happened so often in front of adults that they concluded school employees condoned the behavior and believed reporting it further would be futile,” according to a Department of Justice press release that revealed findings of its investigation and details of a settlement with the school district.

The press release, issued Thursday, also states that peers taunted Black students by making monkey noises at them, touching and pulling their hair without permission, repeatedly referencing slavery and lynching, and telling Black students “go pick cotton” and “you are my slave.”

Read more from Deseret News.