Statement from the Richmond R-XVI School District

On January 17, Richmond High School administration received an allegation that a Richmond High School student used a racial slur in the midst of a group of students from Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts. The Richmond R-XVI School District does not condone or tolerate the use of any type of derogatory terms or racial slurs in any form or context. 

The allegation has been investigated by the school administration. While we are unable to comment on individual students and consequences - this matter is not taken lightly.

Richmond High School faculty and staff do not condone any form of racism. Our diverse student body and community believe that harmony and respect start with each of us. This type of language has no place in our school or our community. Please do not measure the character of our students or school through this one action. Young people make mistakes - as do we all. Our daily choices can either build or undermine unity. It is important that we learn from these mistakes and let lessons learned shape our character.

This incident demonstrates our need to continue our efforts to foster an inclusive and safe environment. We recognize work remains in this area and pledge to dedicate resources, staff, and training to foster an environment that promotes the safety and welfare of our entire school community.

Our sincerest apologies to the players, families, coaches, and the Paseo Academy community.

Richmond R-XVI Administrative Team