PISCATAWAY, NJ - Piscataway High School Principal Jason Lester issued a statement to parents to address an incident that involved high school students about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 7.

“A student reported to high school administration that an image of a white student in blackface had appeared on social media,” according to an alert sent to parents Thursday afternoon.

School officials were shown an image of a boy in blackface and also an image of a girl in blackface. These images were allegedly circulating on social media and shared via text messages.

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“Our investigation established that the image of the girl was created about three years ago. It was not reported at that time, and may have been re-posted today,” said Lester.

“The high school administration has taken swift action to address these students' conduct, and will consider additional measures to heighten student awareness and sensitivity,” he added.

“At this time, our investigation indicates that this behavior is limited to a small circle of students,” said Lester.

“Piscataway prides itself on being an inclusive and respectful community, and we take seriously our responsibility to educate all of our students about the hurtful impact of racist images,” he said.

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