WALES, Wis. -- The Kettle Moraine School District speaks out after two students were charged for sending a racist message on social media. The Waukesha District Attorney has charged the juvenile students with disorderly conduct, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office.
Kettle Moraine High School Senior Grace Provan saw the racist message, now in the hands of police, on the social media messaging app Snap Chat along with Sara Sara Sobrofski, a Kettle Moraine School District parent.
“I felt disgusted,” said Provan.
“That’s just not appropriate at all ever, I would never want anybody ever to say anything like that to my children. So my heart breaks for her,” said Sobrofski.
Both say the racist message directed at a student of color spurred them to take action.
Sobrofski started a GoFundMe page for the student and is writing letters to the victim along with other parents.
Provan said when she didn’t see the school taking action she started a Change.org petition.
“I heard they were going to get a slap on the wrist or a talking to,” said Provan. “I wanted the school to see how the community wouldn’t stand for this.”
By Monday afternoon, more than a thousand people signed the petition. Since then the school district released a statement saying district immediately investigated the “offensive and inappropriate racist social media post between students” when it learned of the incident on Thursday, Sept. 3rd. At the same time, it also “referred the matter to law enforcement.”
“We ask you, as parents in our community, to join us in our efforts to help ensure that our students of color enjoy a safe learning environment," according to the district.
“I think the school still do better than the letter that was sent out,” said Provan.