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Forest Grove High School teacher target of racial slur by student

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Many students and families in Forest Grove are taking a stand after a student hurled a racial slur at an African-American teacher. District officials said it happened between classes on Tuesday at the high school. 

Language Arts teacher Meysha Harville was in her classroom when a student walked by her door and said the "N-word." 

Student Max Kimberly walked into Harville’s class minutes later and said it was clear something was wrong.
 
“She began to speak and talk but she didn’t say hello to any of us in the morning and you could tell she was visibly upset," Kimberly said. 
 
Harville explained what happened and then left the room. Kimberly said everyone was speechless.
 
“I just thought we can’t stand for this anymore from people in our school. We need to stand up for each other and especially for someone who’s such a wonderful teacher and someone who’s respected in our community. We can’t have this happen,” he said. 
 
District leaders said when other students heard the racial slur, they tracked down the student in question and brought him to the office.

Principal Karen O’Neill sent FOX 12 a statement saying harassment of any kind against students or teachers will not be tolerated on campus.

Forest Grove High students FOX 12 interviewed agree this is disturbing, but they said it’s not necessarily uncommon.
 
“It definitely does happen, more than you ever think it happens,” said student Elizabeth Hertel. “We’re definitely going to use this as a platform to say this is unacceptable and it really does hurt people.”
 
Administrators won’t comment on specifics, but they say the student in question is being disciplined. That’s not good enough for everyone.

Kimberly started a petition on Change.org, calling for strict action from the district and for the student to be expelled. Nearly 700 people had signed it by Thursday evening. 
 
Kimberly said Harville was not at school Wednesday, but she returned Thursday – grateful for all of the support she’s getting.
 
“She came up to me and thanked me and said a lot of people weren’t prepared to do what I was going to do," the student said. 
 
FOX 12 put in a request to speak with Harville, but did not hear from her. 

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