Principal of Shelton school says spitting incident was not racially motivated

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A local community activist is stunned after hearing that a white Shelton student spit on a black visitor at a national museum.

The superintendent of Shelton Public Schools says a group of students from Shelton Intermediate School were thrown out of the Smithsonian's highly regarded African American History Museum in Washington, D.C. Friday.

Principal Dina Marks, who was on the trip, says a student spit over a balcony, hitting the person, who is black, below. Marks says she believes race was not a factor.

Local community activist Wayne Winston says nobody should be spitting on anyone for any reason.

"It's an unfortunate situation and I get that we really don't know what's in a kid's head, but the action kind of speaks for itself," says Winston.

The superintendent says this is a pattern of behavior that is disrespectful and does not serve anyone well.

Last month, girls at the same school sent out a photo on Snapchat of a white student in blackface. The NAACP said the school's response was inadequate.

In the more recent case, the school system has not said for sure if the student will be disciplined what for he did.

 

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