Pittsburgh Public Schools board vice president's statement calls burning cross 'cowardice act'

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Chairing the Pittsburgh Public Schools board meeting tonight, Vice President Thomas Sumpter read a statement decrying the burning of a cross into the grass outside Pittsburgh Mifflin PreK-8 in Lincoln Place on Aug. 9.

Mr. Sumpter called it a "cowardice act" and expressed gratitude for facilities workers removing it so that students are "not greeted by this hateful image" when school resumes.

He said the act was not a reflection of the school community and the district will not tolerate such activity. He said the intent is to prosecute any perpetrator or perpetrators to the "full extent of the law."

He said the district is developing short-term and long-term strategies.

He said members of district leadership and the equity office will be on hand for back-to-school night on Thursday at the school.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1955 and Twitter: @Eleanor_Chute


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