Officials at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, Calif. are apologizing for celebrating Black History Month by placing watermelon, fried chicken and cornbread on the Catholic school's menu last Friday.
The school's Black Student Union was reportedly the first to raise objections to the controversial lunch menu (video below).
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According to NBC Bay Area, Carondelet Principal Nancy Libby explained the situation to students during a school assembly on Wednesday and wrote a letter to parents, which read in part:
I’d like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members. Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes.
The Associated Press notes that Principal Libby says Carondelet will hold a diversity assembly for students and teachers.