Suburban St. Louis Students Walk Out Over Racist Graffiti

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Several hundred students at a suburban St. Louis high school staged a walkout after racist graffiti was found in two separate Parkway Schools high schools.

Students at Parkway Central High School walked out of class in protest on Thursday, a day after the racial slurs were found in boys’ bathrooms in Parkway Central and Parkway North. Students and staff have said it’s not the first time racist speech has disrupted operations at the schools.

Parkway Superintendent Keith Marty said in a letter that school and police investigations have been launched into the latest incident.

Parkway Central students who walked out Thursday stood outside the administrative building on campus chanting “no justice, no peace,” and shared their experiences with racism at the school through a megaphone.

There was no walkout at Central North on Thursday, administrators there said.