21ºF

Troy school district warns of n-word business card

A racist business card is circulating among students in Troy, according to school district officials.

The Troy School District sent an email to parents Tuesday night alerting them to a "business card encouraging students to use the 'N' word."

According to the email, some students have been exposed to the business card and have shared on social media and in person.

Read the full email below:

Dear ONE Troy,

I wanted to give you a heads up about a horrific national “trend” that has made its way here to the Troy School District. A business card encouraging students to use the “N” word is being circulated online across the country. We have learned that some students in our high schools have been exposed to this and some have shared it on social media and in person.

In no uncertain terms, this does NOT reflect the values of our schools or our District, and we take this very seriously. Ensuring a culture of inclusion and respect for all is a key component of the Troy School District, and we will not tolerate racial intimidation or harassment in any form. Any student found participating in distributing this card—or anything of this nature—will be held accountable, per our student Code of Conduct.

We are very proud of the environment we have built in the TSD, but we are mindful that we can always improve. If you or your child has concerns about issues like this or anything else, please let a school administrator know immediately so we can take appropriate action.

Thank you for your support,

Kerry Birmingham
Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Troy School District

A similar incident was reported by WTOP in Maryland at a school in Montgomery County. In these cases, the incidents involved a "Wonka's Golden N-Word" pass.

The news outlet released this statement:

On Feb. 8, three students at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, were found with what school principal Brandice Heckert described as an “N-word pass.” The school’s investigation found three students were handing out the passes, which offered the recipient permission to use the racial slur.


About the Authors:

Nick Monacelli

Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Nick has a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast News from Grand Valley State University. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.