Mason schools investigating messages causing allegations of racism

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Shortly after Mason City Schools dealing with a teacher telling a student he would be lynched if he didn't get back on task comes a new dilemma. School officials said at least three students received an alleged racist Snapchat message.

It reads in part, "Well I hate black kids. Why does you [student name and student name] have to be in mason. Y'all are such a bad influence to the white kids."

Dejuana Blackshear said her son is one of the students who received the message.

"I have no idea whats going on unless there have been issues that have been swept under the rug and now they are surfacing and children want them to be out in the open and want attention for this," she said.

The message goes on to say in part, "Like can you all because you and [student name] are like thugs that doesn't need to be in Mason and I'm coming after you jack ****."

The school sent out a message to parents Tuesday saying, "Today, we received a tip that several African-American students received an offensive "Snapchat" message. We reported the message to our School Resource Officer, and will continue to investigate who might have sent it."

FOX19 NOW asked district spokesperson Tracey Carson if Mason City Schools has a race problem.

"I think every community has to search hard and know we all have work to do when it comes to racial reconciliation... and Mason is no different," she said.

The school said they have launched an investigation but it will be hard to figure out who sent the messages.

The full message from Mason City Schools reads:

Dear MMS Families,

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