Franklin is such a quiet, nondescript, ho hum, unimaginative, uneventful little place that it rarely gets so much as a brief mention on local talk radio.
That changed this week.
One solitary rocks for brains knuckle dragging ignoramus decided he would go ultra-stupid one day at Franklin High School.
The mental pygmy posted handwritten signs this past Monday reading “white” and “colored” above water fountains in the hallway. Another student, Jacob Romanski, took a photo of the racist display and posted on social media.
“I was disgusted to see that in my place of education. To know that someone had written that on a wall to discriminate against other students,” said Romanski on social media. “It’s not acceptable by any standards,” he wrote before taking the signs down and reporting them to school officials.
The Franklin school district was quick to respond, sending an immediate letter to parents.
“Monday afternoon, an inappropriate and racist message was displayed at Franklin High School. Administration was able to identify the individual responsible and address that student’s behavior.
This act was in no way part of any school project, curriculum, or initiative. This was an individual act of student behavior. 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.
Franklin High School values each and every one of our students. This act of intolerance by an individual does not represent the values of Franklin High School or the approximately 1700 people who teach and learn here every day. The display was offensive, hurtful, and wrong. As a school community, we have a responsibility to treat one another with kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion.
Our entire staff will continue to work to address student well-being. Student services and administrative staff are available for students and parents to talk with; please contact the high school office at 414-423-4640.”
The letter was perfect. I, personally, might have gone so far as to publish the name of the culprit and whatever punishment he received, not just an embarrassment but a potential deterrent to possible future similar incidents. However the letter was efficient enough in my view to consider this case closed.
But the race card is played often, never missing an opportunity.
Pouncing were the NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Wisconsin, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in a joint statement:
“It has been reported and acknowledged that there was a posting of “White” and “Colored” signs over a set of school water fountains. While we appreciate that administrators issued a statement disavowing this despicable action, the incident demonstrates the need for the school and the district to take immediate and ongoing action to make the school more inclusive and respectful of different cultures.
Unfortunately, Franklin High School, like many schools and districts, does not recognize or celebrate the federal holiday recognizing the achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We ask that the district consider changing that policy. Today’s action highlights the urgency of taking actions to ensure that the school celebrates tolerance and inclusion as part of its curriculum and culture.”
That is a clear overreaction.