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Traverse City schools investigates allegations of racism by students


Traverse City Area Public Schools officials are investigating allegations of racist behavior on the popular app Snapchat from high school students.

District Superintendent John VanWagoner says some students have taken part in an online trend where pictures of students of color are posted and assigned prices.

“It’s going around the nation,” he said. “I find it disgusting.”

VanWagoner says the district is investigating this and suspensions and expulsions for guilty parties are on the table.

“We are going to hold students accountable to the full authority of board policy and federal Title IX law,” he said.

VanWagoner says the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is also involved.