Update: On Tuesday, April 20, the bus driver who was accused of making a racist statement to a student on Friday, April 16 resigned effective Monday, April 19, 2021.
On Friday evening, two students reported to a Perrysburg Junior High School official that an incident took place on a school bus that afternoon that involved an accusation that an employee made a racist statement to a student. The employee was immediately placed on paid leave and a thorough investigation was launched over the weekend.
At this time, Perrysburg Schools cannot comment on the investigation while it is underway other than to say this is a very serious offense and may warrant disciplinary action up to and including termination. The school district will refer to its anti-harassment policy, pertinent laws and other evidence related to the incident in the investigation. There is no excuse for any employee to make hurtful or degrading comments.
It is the policy of the Board of Education to maintain an education and work environment that is free from all forms of harassment. This commitment applies to all school district operations, programs and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff members and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging and reporting any form of unlawful harassment.
“As a school community, we must continue to strive to create an environment that is welcoming for all students. In this case, our efforts fell short,” stated Thomas L. Hosler, Superintendent, Perrysburg Schools. “This behavior is unacceptable and we must and will do better. We commend the students who reported the information that led to this investigation. They are embodying the Jacket Way, by demonstrating that they are respectful, responsible and ready. Our hearts are saddened knowing that these words hurt this student and others.”
Perrysburg Schools strives to maintain a diverse and professional environment where students, families and employees, regardless of race or other protected characteristics, feel included and are free from harassment and discrimination.