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Students face discipline for segregation-style signs at Cincinnati high school

By Ashley Williams

May 19 (UPI) -- A school district in southern Ohio says it will discipline students for a stunt in which they taped segregation-style signs over water fountains at a Cincinnati high school and spread photos of it on social media.

The students were reported to the Northwest Local School District after the incident occurred at Cincinnati's Colerain High School earlier this month.

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According to the complaint, the students taped signs over the water fountains and in hallways that read "Blacks only" or "Whites only" -- similar to signs that were common in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.

"Upon investigation of the matter, we have learned that the notes posted over the water fountains were posted for a matter of 30 seconds before being removed by the students," the district said in a statement. "The students involved in the incident posted the signs, took photos and removed the notes before posting the photos online."

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"Those who participated in this tasteless and hurtful act have been issued significant disciplinary actions," it added.

About 1,700 students attend Colerain High School -- where about 50% of the student body is White and 30% is Black, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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"We want to make sure our staff, students, families and community understands where we stand on racial intolerance, discrimination, racism and hatred. We take this matter very seriously," the district added.

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"This type of behavior is not and will not be condoned or tolerated."

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