Racial Slurs Stir Controversy at High School

Posters with racial slurs cause controversy at a Chicago high school

By Sandra Torres
|  Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 12:33 PM CDT
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They wanted to spread awareness about derogatory language, but students at a Chicago high school caused controversy after posting fliers with racial slurs.

The posters included 15 different ethnic slurs that students at Hancock High School should not use, according to the Chicago Tribune.

This was all part of a campaign they called the "No Derogatory Language Campaign" during Black History Month.

The slurs listed were against Latinos, African-Americans, whites and Jews, and were meant to encourage students to talk about what's appropriate to say in school.

But school officials later took down the fliers after some students complained they didn't like to see the words posted.

The school's principal tells the Tribune she knew the fliers were provocative but did not have a problem until it upset some of the students.

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