Students from Denison High School walked out of class at 10am Tuesday in protest of a recent incident at the school involving teacher Crystal Holt’s use of the “n” word in a class.
More than 75 students wearing red and black gathered around the Wall of Pride monument in front of the school holding up posters and signs and chanting.
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Holt, who has taught since 1996, says her use of the word was not a racial slur as it was not directed at an individual, but was being used to teach and help people understand the seriousness of racism in a capital punishment case.
Denison High School Senior Joel Bonilla spoke during the protest as he held up a signed petition:
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Denison School Superintendent Mike Pardon says they are working on an internal investigation and until it is finished he cannot comment any further.
Bonilla called for a full evaluation from an outside organization of all issues related to diversity in the school.
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Law enforcement along with other school administration were present to monitor the protest.
The protest lasted approximately 35 minutes before the students headed back to class.
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