Francis Howell School district being investigated for alleged ra -

Francis Howell School district being investigated for alleged racial bullying

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY ( - The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating the Francis Howell School District.

The investigation was sparked by a bullying complaint from Kabir Muhammad’s 15-year-old son, who is a student at Francis Howell Central High School.

Muhammad claims the district has failed to take fast and proper action to address the alleged bullying.

“I am totally sick of it,” said Muhammad. “The district is unwilling or incapable of addressing this.”

Muhammad said his son has been called racial slurs and names by students in the district for years.

“He had a meltdown, an emotional meltdown,” said Muhammad.

Authorities say the investigation focuses on whether the district violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race.

Muhammad said he believes the district has gone easy on the students who have bullied his son because of his race.

“There is supposed to be zero tolerance for this,” said Muhammad.

Jennifer Henry, a member of the district’s communications team, released the following statement:     

“The Francis Howell School District is committed to fostering an environment that protects students and staff from all forms of discrimination and harassment. The District does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and immediately investigates any and all claims and responds accordingly.

Unfortunately, due to student privacy, we are prohibited from sharing any details regarding the complaint that you referenced. FHSD is currently cooperating with the Office for Civil Rights to complete their investigation into the allegation.”

For more information on the district's efforts to stop bullying, visit the website.

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