Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum sent a letter to stakeholders Thursday to address efforts the district plans to make to engage the community on issues of race and diversity.a recent photo posted to social media.
The youths, including the three Jefferson City High School students, posed in the photo showing racially insensitive and other offensive imagery drawn into dust on the trunk of a car behind them.
Their intentions, and whether they drew the imagery including swastikas and a racial slur, is unclear; however, Linthacum wrote, "This incident is just one example shedding light on and confirming we have room to learn and grow both as a school and community."
"We are assessing where we are, and developing plans moving forward in three important areas: demonstrating acceptance and understanding for all; fidelity of implementation of diversity training for all staff; (and) parent and community engagement in the areas of race and diversity," he continued.
While no specific details were shared, Linthacum noted the district "will be facilitating three neighborhood community discussions in October and will invite the community once we have the dates and locations confirmed."