RCPS superintendent releases statement regarding disturbing posts

Courtesy Roanoke County Public Schools
Courtesy Roanoke County Public Schools(Roanoke County Public Schools)
Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT
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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: Superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools, Dr. Ken Nicely, released the following statement regarding the investigation into the disturbing posts made towards Hidden Valley High School after their loss to Cave Spring Friday:

The abhorrent, disturbing images posted by individuals do not reflect the values of Cave Spring High School or Roanoke County Public Schools. We strive to provide positive, welcoming communities that value respect for all students and families. Educating all students about respect and creating positive, inclusive learning environments is at the center of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program which we are in the final stages of rolling out in all of our schools. Education is a process, but we will hold individuals accountable for their actions.”

EARLIER STORY: Roanoke County Public Schools is investigating at least one disturbing social media post following Hidden Valley High School’s loss to Cave Spring in Friday’s football matchup.

The references were allegedly made on social media by members or fans of the Cave Spring High School community toward Hidden Valley’s football team after they defeated the Titans 17-14.

One such image allegedly being circulated depicts graphic representation of both schools during a disturbing moment in the George Floyd tragedy.

Roanoke County Public Schools released the following statement: “Roanoke County Public Schools does not condone any behavior that could be considered racially offensive. We are aware of the post that has been made. We are investigating and will take appropriate actions. Federal student privacy law does not permit us to elaborate further on matters related to student discipline.”

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