• Local school district addressing issues after racial slur leads to fight


    MARS, Pa. - The Mars Area School District is taking steps to address diversity and bullying issues.

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    Students can now call a confidential hotline to report bullying and safety issues. 

    The move comes after parents complained about bullying when a student was suspended following a fight with another student who called his sister the "N" word. 

    The hotline is one of several measures the school district is now taking to "address concerns raised about diversity and bullying."

    Officials will review all policies related to discipline, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying and post recommended changes for public review. 

    The superintendent will also meet with students to discuss those issues and student leaders will take part in diversity workshops. 

    Residents said these are good first steps, but more needs to be done to change the culture.




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