Naperville Central High School punishes students over racial post, police investigating as hate crime

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A suburban Chicago high school said it has disciplined a group of students for a racially insensitive ad posted on Craigslist, and local authorities said they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Naperville Central High School Principal Bill Wiebrook sent an email to parents Monday saying administrators became “aware of a racially insensitive electronic post and worked as quickly as possible to investigate and address this with the students involved.”

The ad showed a photo of an African American student under the words “Slave for sale (Naperville).”

Taneisha Shields, said her nephew is a student at the school. She said after seeing the ad, it did not surprise her based on her nephew's experience. Shields said he has been saying there are a lot of racial issues happening at the school. She said she moved to the area for the better schools, but said it came with an unfortunate tradeoff.

"I’m just mad," she said. "We send our kids to school. It’s supposed to be a safe environment and they still have to deal with this. It's crazy."

Naperville Central said the students involved with the ad post are being disciplined, but wouldn’t go into details.

The ad follows an Oct. 26 incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville in which some customers said they were asked by restaurant employees to change tables because a regular customer nearby didn’t want to sit next to black people. The restaurant fired two employees involved.

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