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North County students share accounts of racism

Posted at 11:51 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 09:27:31-04

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) -- Some North County students of color are sharing their experiences of racism anonymously in an Instagram page called "Black in PUSD."

The social media account is described as "a safe space for current and graduated students in Poway Unified School District to anonymously share their experiences with racism."

"We were originally inspired to start this during the Black Lives Matter movement, we thought it was a good idea to showcase the black experience in our community," said one of the page creators.

The creators want to remain anonymous so they aren't targeted, but they shared with ABC 10News their encounters with racism.

"A girl once told me her father interrogated her after seeing us walking together, and he asked her who I was, why she was speaking to me, and if she was safe," one person on the page said.

The page has more than 3,600 followers and dozens of posts. But the creators want to do more than bring awareness.

"In bringing awareness to these issues, we can create a more inclusive environment through better education," the creators said. "And just overall changing up the curriculum, so students understand the history of what people of color had had to face."

In addition, they said they wanted to see more diversity in the staff and faculty. On Thursday, the school board is set to vote on an anti-racism resolution, something the district says was already in the works.

"In it, there's a commitment from PUSD to have more diverse staffing, increases expanded anti-bias training not just for students but all staff," said Christine Paik, chief communications officer at Poway Unified.

Paik also encourages students to report incidents involving staff or peers.

"That way, we can actually follow up, investigate and get back to the complainant in terms of what we were able to do," she said.