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Investigation underway after racial slur written Holmen HS student’s vehicle

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HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) - Police and school officials are tracking down the person who wrote a racial slur and drew a swastika on the side of a student's vehicle sometime before school began Monday.

The offensive images were written in the dust on the passenger side of the student's vehicle. The driver wasn't aware of what was on the side of the vehicle when they drove to school Monday morning.

Other students saw what was on the vehicle, cleaned off the slur and image from the vehicle and reported it to school officials.

District Administrator Dr. Kristin Mueller said that they reviewed video to confirm that the incident did not happen on school grounds.

In a statement, Dr. Mueller said, "Racism is not acceptable on school grounds or in our community. School officials are working in partnership with the Holmen Police Department. Upon completion of the investigation, the appropriate discipline, per school district policy, will be administered.

We know these actions and statements reported are by a small number of students and do not accurately reflect the character and feelings of the entire student body. The School District of Holmen has taken steps such as creating student and parent groups to communicate openly about racism, provided learning opportunities around the topics of prejudice, bias and perspective, intent versus impact, digital citizenship, and character development. As you can see, we have been working hard to educate our students, but know there is more work to be done.

As we see more incidents of racism in society, we are also seeing more incidents in our schools and community. Racism has no place in Holmen. We understand the moral responsibility we have to be relentless in our work to create a culture in which racism is not tolerated and every child and adult is treated with respect and dignity. It is going to take a strong community working better together to create a society where all feel welcome and safe.

Together, we are committed to take this one step at a time and will engage, learn and grow to be the Holmen we all strive to be."

In a related note, an investigation continues into a racial incident involving text messages and a student of color at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in February.

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