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Poway Community Leaders Call For Hate Crime Forum Tonight

Hate crimes in the Poway Unified School District have prompted community leaders to hold a forum this evening. Organizers say school officials aren't doing enough to prevent racial incidents. KPBS rep

Poway Community Leaders Call For Hate Crime Forum Tonight

Hate crimes in the Poway Unified School District have prompted community leaders to hold a forum this evening. Organizers say school officials aren't doing enough to prevent racial incidents. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

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Late last year nooses were found at Poway High School. Then a swastika and profanity were found on a window at Westview High. The latest incident involved a noose and a racial slur found at Rancho Bernardo High School.

Poway school officials have since revised their hate behavior policy. But community leaders believe the new measure still falls short.

Attorney Lei Chala Wilson is organizing the event. She says school districts need to send a stronger message to young people.

Wilson : They need to understand that it's not a joke. And they also need to understand the history of these types of incidents and why people of color, or whoever the affected victim is, why they take it so seriously.
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Organizers will explain what a hate crime is, how to report it, and what legal action victims can take.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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