After a camera crew from Fox News arrived at Molalla High School Monday afternoon regarding a racist “WhitePower Molalla” instagram posting, Superintendent Tony Mann responded with a statement sent to parents and the community to address the problem.

Here is Mann’s Monday, Jan. 11, statement:

Im writing to alert to you a serious concern I have for our community. I’ve become aware of an Instagram account called “WhitePower_Molalla.” At the time I write this, it appears to have been taken down. However, the impact is still felt, and I am saddened by it greatly.

On that Instagram account were photos from old MHS yearbooks, including photos of students, and racially charged statements.

The local TV media has gotten ahold of this matter. I have provided them with a clear statement, and I share my points with you here:

• We are concerned any time there are issues in social media that affect students negatively.

• All students are entitled to attend school free from the kind of hostility that is created by this type of social media.

• We are investigating this matter; however, we have no knowledge of a student being responsible for the postings.

School must be a good place for all students. In the Molalla River School District, ALL means ALL.

• Social media like this is cropping up all over the world at this time in history. This is a broad societal issue.

This is a challenging world that we live in, and our students have responded wonderfully, defending the core values that their community and their school are places where all human beings deserve dignity and respect.

I share this with you now as I wanted you to be aware of the situation and the fact that TV media is focused on it. If you have any questions of any kind, please feel free to contact me or your principal.

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