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Parents outraged after racial slur poster circles Colorado Springs high school

Parents are outraged after racial slur poster circles local high school

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A poster filled with racial slurs about a Cheyenne Mountain High School student in Colorado Springs is circling social media. 

Now parents are speaking out about the school's response. 

What happened 

"A child made a poster and put my sons face on it and added a racial comment to the poster and posted it on his snapchat," said Urieda Weathington. "Then the students began to screenshot it and send it around school."

The poster had a picture of Kobe Lewis, a junior high school student, printed on it along with a racist statement that read: "...around blacks, never relax!"

"There's a lot of anger, there's a lot of hurt, there's a lot of worrying -- even more about my son's safety," she said. 

District response 

"The author of the post was suspended immediately," said Dr. Walt Cooper, Superintendent of Cheyenne Mountain Schools in Colorado Springs.

Cooper said the school is following the appropriate procedures and due process to investigate what happened. 

"We're not finished, we still have a lot of work to do," he said. 

Student reaction

"This has happened before and nothing gets done about it," said Timothy Hoagland. "My girlfriend gets called names here too."

Dr. Cooper said the district has a zero tolerance policy for bullying and they make it a priority. 

"It's easy to criticize and say nothings been done," he said. "What's very true is we don't make public announcements about student discipline and student consequences and we're not going to do that," Cooper said. 

But parents like Weathington made it clear they just want the word out. 

"If they determine a bullying incident to be serious, they are to communicate that via email to the community and to the parents and to the children," she said. "But none of that's been done."

Note: The district did refer this case to law enforcement but the student wasn't charged. 

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