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Police investigating disturbing Instagram account showing Black Fitchburg high school students

“This site is not only one that is wrong and divisive, but also potentially a hate crime and illegal.”

Fitchburg police and school administrators are investigating after a disturbing social media account of Black students at Fitchburg High School was created. School administrators were informed Friday of an Instagram account with the username “fhsslaves,” posting Black or African-American students from the school, according to WCVB

The account was found by administrators approximately 18 hours after it was created, according to a statement posted on Facebook Monday from Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Robert Jokela. 

“Fitchburg Public Schools’ goal is to provide a welcoming and belonging environment for all students,” Jokela wrote. 

According to the statement, administrators contacted authorities after becoming aware of the Instagram account. Detectives from the Fitchburg Police Department are conducting an investigation at this time, Fitchburg police Chief Ernest F. Martineau told the Boston Globe

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An email from Principal Jeremy Roche was also issued to all families of Fitchburg high school Friday to inform them of the incident, the statement said. In the email, Roche also detailed the administrators’ response, including reporting the incident as a ‘hate crime’. 

“This site is not only one that is wrong and divisive, but also potentially a hate crime and illegal,” Roche wrote in the email, according to the Globe

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