CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Less than one week ago, homophobic and racist flyers were found at McCormick Junior High School. This led to an investigation with a student being found responsible for the posters. Superintendent of Laramie County School District #1, Dr. Boyd Brown, explained he couldn’t get into the details of the investigation because it’s a discipline issue with a student who is a minor.
Dr. Brown explained that when McCormick Junior High students return from break, they will have a bullying training about tolerance and caring for one another.
“Students usually are a microcosm of the larger community so I would say that it’s probably accurate that if there’s things going on out in the community that we may see some of that in the schools as well,” said Dr. Brown.
Towards the end of last week, guidance counselors, school resource officers, and principals met with students to talk about their concerns. Dr. Brown mentioned he thinks that the students understand the community is behind them, especially after the St. Mark’s community conversation called a Response of Love and that there are important conversations that need to be had, starting at home.
“No matter what they believe, no matter who they are, what ethnicity they are, or what sexual orientation they are, whether they’re special ed, whether they’re regular ed, even some of our high performing students have days where they may not get as high of a grade as they want and they need some support at that time too,” said Dr. Brown. “So I would hope that we would teach our kids that we need to support each other all the time.”
The investigation into the flyers is not over yet.
“We’re going to continue to investigate,” said Dr. Brown. “There were some things that came up that we’ll continue to investigate and we may put a longer term plan in place as we move forward as well.”
Dr. Brown shared that on April 3 he will be meeting with the substitute teacher/Gay-Straight Alliance co-sponsor of the school, Kaycee Cook, and that she will probably be reinstated.