I want to earnestly apologize for the actions of one of our teachers who used a racial slur in an educational setting. Although the teacher’s intentions were to educate students about the harmful effects of this word, his actions were not appropriate. Rio Mesa High School and the Oxnard Union High School District stand for equity, support and protection of the safety, security and human rights of all our students, staff, faculty, parents and community. We are opposed to any language which is offensive or harmful to anyone based on gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Rio Mesa is addressing this matter and ensuring the safety and well-being of those affected by this wrong on our part. We sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been negatively impacted. Rio Mesa is partnering with local representatives of The NAACP to receive training and education on appropriate and acceptable terminology and cultural awareness as related to any historically marginalized and/or discriminated groups.