School District Dogged By Racial Incidents Grappling With Another

Jun 25, 2019

KENNEBUNK, Maine — A Maine school district that has grappled with racial incidents in recent months is handling another, this time involving a video that appears to show the use of a racial slur by a student.

The incident took place in Maine Regional School Unit 21, which serves Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. The Portland Press Herald reports the 10-second video includes two female students and was sent to the newspaper by a classmate.

District Superintendent Phil Potenziano sent a letter to the school community Friday that says an investigation has "swiftly begun."

The incident involving the video happened during the same week the district's board of directors settled a complaint with a former teacher who said she suffered retaliation when she raised concerns about how the district handled two other racist incidents.