Columbia Public Schools have identified the perpetrators who posted racist images on a Google search page for Gentry Middle School, CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark told the Missourian on Wednesday.

Racist slur turns up on Gentry Middle School search page

School officials say “appropriate disciplinary action is being taken” after racist language turned up on a Google search page connected to Gentry Middle School.

“By law, student information is confidential and no additional information can be shared related to student discipline,” Baumstark said in an emailed statement.

The imagery never appeared on Gentry’s CPS-operated website but did appear on a Google-generated search page for the school, Baumstark emphasized. She said Google “was quick to respond” and removed the offensive language and imagery after CPS reported it Tuesday.

Viewers sent a screenshot of the image to KOMU.

In the image, the school’s name was altered with the N-word in place of the word “Middle” in “Gentry Middle School.” It also replaced the word “Students” in the slogan “An Excellent Education For All Students.”

“Columbia Public Schools and Gentry Middle School are committed to maintaining a positive school community for everyone,” Baumstark added.

KOMU contributed reporting.

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