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Henderson principal apologizes for lesson that used racial slurs

The principal of Green Valley High School is apologizing for a lesson in a theater class that used several racial and ethnic slurs.

The lesson was attempting to teach students about seeing past stereotypes, according to an email sent Wednesday morning by Green Valley Principal Kent Roberts.

Roberts said that, while the lesson may have been well-intentioned, the use of the slurs was simultaneously “shocking and hurtful to many if not all of the students in attendance.”

The email did not specify what racial slurs were used as part of the lesson. Roberts did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.

“This lesson does not reflect the thoughts, mind-sets or instructional practices of the staff or administration of Green Valley High School or the Clark County School District,” Roberts said in his email to parents and students. “As the leader of our school I offer my whole-hearted and deep felt apologies to the students, parents and community members who are hurt or offended by this occurrence.”

Roberts said the lesson was not approved or condoned by Green Valley administrators and that the school was investigating the situation.

A Clark County School District spokesperson said the incident occurred during an activity in an elective class that was not part of the lesson plan or curriculum.

Green Valley High School is located in Henderson near Warm Springs Road and Stephanie Street.

Contact Lorraine Longhi at llonghi@reviewjournal.com. Follow @lolonghi on Twitter.

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