DANVERS, MASS. (WHDH) - After yet another troubling incident was reported at Danvers High School this week, school leaders presented a plan of action.

Superintendent Lisa Dana presented an anti-hate action plan to the town’s Human Rights and Inclusion Committee Thursday night. The plan involves participation from students, staff, and families, and the priorities include anti-bias/anti-hazing training for student-athletes, creating culture, climate, and transparency committees for families and increased anti-bias and anti-racist training for educators.

Dana said the plan is a reiteration that Danvers schools are committed to promoting inclusion and creating a learning environment that is affirming for students of all backgrounds.

This comes after a series of troubling incidents that were reported in the district. The most recent involved a swastika found spray-painted in the high school bathroom.

That happened one day after all wrestling team activities were suspended until further notice when a team member’s alleged use of racist language led to a fight with another student.

About a month before that, allegations of racist and homophobic hazing on the boys hockey team fueled outrage among parents. A swastika was also found at a middle school.

Since then, some parents have been speaking out at meetings to express their displeasure with how the school has handled those alleged incidents. Though the biggest concerns were voiced by educators and committee members at Thursday’s meeting.

“I know I sat down with my son — my nine-year-old son — who goes to Great Oak, and had a whole conversation about swastikas, and what it meant, and what it represented, and why we don’t do that,” said Assistant Principal Kerry LeBlanc. “This cannot just be on Danvers Public Schools. I took the situation and the conversation that happened at the high school yesterday, and I applied it to teaching my son. And I’m wondering when that’s happening, and how often that’s happening in Danvers. Because that’s not just gonna happen by us doing the work — by us putting in all these programs into the school. So much of it is gonna have to be the parents.”

School officials will be meeting with students throughout the week to discuss biased and hateful language, the dangers of social media and the importance of reporting concerning information.

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