NJ High School's "White Girls Club" Members Sent To Counseling

Last month, Franklin Township, New Jersey’s Board of Education became aware of white girls at Franklin High School posting pictures of themselves on social media with the name “White Girls Club”.  According to NJ.com, a whistle blower sent a local newspaper screenshots of tweets by members of the “club” each posing with three fingers creating a “W” — apparently to symbolize “white,” with the hashtag “#wgc,”MyCentralJersey.com reported.

A girl also allegedly retweeted a tweet sent out by a boy that said “the hallways in the high school,” and featured a photo of a group of monkeys or chimpanzees. He also posted a photo on Twitter of the Confederate flag hanging on a wall near bleachers of a gym with the hashtag “south will rise again,” the report said.

At the time of the incident the township’s superintendent, Edward Q. Seto,  expressed sadness and embarrassment when he learned about the ‘club’. Seto said, that the district was  “deeply saddened by the insensitive remarks and allegations attributed to some of our high school students.”

He said while students have a constitutional right to call themselves by any kind of name — even one “which most reasonable people would find offensive” — there is no school sanctioned organization that goes by the name “White Girls Club.”
“Any incident of inappropriate behavior which is reported to the principal or anti-bullying specialist at Franklin High School will be investigated and when appropriate, discipline in accordance with our Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy and the Student Code of Conduct will be implemented,” he said.

At the time of the incident, several students were disciplined with suspensions, but now the school board is taking more disciplinary actions. Seto announced last Thursday night that the board of education had completed its investigation into the club, stating that all participants involved were required to go to counseling.

“I required all students who were involved in the incident to participate in individual and group counseling,” Seto said. “Parents of the students were also encouraged to do the counseling.”

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