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Bay Area school apologizes for menu choices honoring Black History Month

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A Bay Area private school is in the news today for a controversial lunch they planned to serve in honor of Black History Month.

According to a Feb. 6 report by NBC Bay Area, students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, CA were looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month, which runs through February. However, when a menu of fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon was announced as part of their “lunchtime celebration,” parents and students alike took offense, forcing the school to apologize and hold “an assembly on campus to discuss the issue.”

"I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," Principal Nancy Libby said in the letter obtained by NBC Bay Area. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes."

The school also responded with Libby holding a meeting with Carondelet’s Black Student Union and the items were removed from the lunch menu.

In an off-camera interview with reporter Cheryl Hurd, Libby said “we talked about it, there’s no issue,” and “it’s done,” while parents told the station that they hoped the incident would “become a teachable moment for everyone involved.”

According to the school’s website, “Carondelet has carried on a proud tradition of Christian community and academic excellence” since being founded in 1965.

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