Middle Schools

School racial incidents still troubling [Editorial]

School racial incidents still troubling [Editorial]

No one should be shocked that a parent of a Harford County Public Schools student told the school board that another student at Patterson Mill Middle School had called his son a racial slur.

From time to time, there are students who complain they have been subjected to racism, particularly being called the n-word pejorative. Kids can be cruel, mean and vicious to one another. They are also often misguided and uninformed.

Any of those things can easily prompt a middle schooler to spew invective that includes the n-word, as well as other nasty words that can’t be printed in this newspaper.

This isn’t, however, merely a case of boys will be boys or sixth-graders will be...