New design on large rock outside South Pointe High School
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Students at South Pointe High School in South Carolina wasted no time in turning around the ugly message that had been spray-painted across a spirit rock outside the school over the weekend, turning it into a message of equality, the Herald Online reports

The first, racist message, which read “Happy N—ger Month” and was signed “KKK,” was discovered by a school custodian Sunday morning. The message was covered by 9 a.m. that day, the Herald notes. Principal Al Leonard said that there are surveillance cameras on that side of the campus and that the school’s resource officer is investigating.

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But as South Pointe students were grappling with what for many was their first real encounter with racism, they decided to decorate over the stone, sending a more positive message. According to the news site, with the guidance of art teacher Ashley Beard, three Advanced Placement art students painted, “We are all =.”

“This is an opportunity for a ‘teachable moment,’” Leonard wrote in an email to faculty and staff on Monday. “We’re not going to let those [vandals] dictate how we react.”

Read more at the Herald Online.