May 15, 2023 - Response Regarding Slauson Incident

In the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS), we stand firm against any and all acts of bias, bigotry and racism.

The Slauson Middle School administrative team received a report regarding the use of the ‘N’ word in a classroom by a student and the subsequent use of the word by a substitute teacher, in their redirection of student use of the word, on Friday.

The administrative team was in communication over the weekend with parents who reported the concern, and today the administrative team is thoroughly investigating the Friday incident, as well as follow-up concerns that are reported to have emerged this morning. 

In the AAPS, we take this situation very seriously; all of us are deeply disturbed by the content of the allegations.  

We take very seriously any and all concerns shared regarding racist attitudes and practices that exist anywhere in our AAPS organization, and we will continue to ensure consistent and thorough processes for receiving and addressing concerns. We recognize that reporting requires courage and that it is critically important that students, staff and community members have a safe place to openly share their concerns and experiences. We encourage those with concerns to report them directly to their building principal or another trusted adult at school.

We are committed to continuing a full and thorough investigation and are deeply committed to equity and inclusion for each and every student we serve.