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Students and administration respond to controversial incident at Assumption Catholic Schools

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. (WAOW) — Assumption Catholic Schools condemned the action of their students, saying it showed poor judgment and disrespect.

On Thursday, May 23, Olga Meza walked into her Spanish class to see posters of Donald Trump surrounding her and the phrase “you’re fired” on the whiteboard.

Since then, the school wrote two statements on the issue. Both of the statements were not given to News 9 until seven days after the incident. You can find those – and an additional statement from the Diocese of Lacrosse – below.

Assumption Catholic Schools administration explained students left signs and pictures in many classrooms and not just Meza’s room. They also said the act- as a whole – was not meant to be discriminatory and students later apologized to Meza.

Now, a current Assumption student tells News 9, other students at the school are mocking Meza. Victor Quinonez said his classmates repeat Meza’s words, saying they “felt unsafe” in mocking tones.

Quinonez, a freshman at Assumption High School, said he has also been a victim to race-based bullying.

“It happens all the time,” said Quinonez. “You just got to deal with it.”

His sister Maria Quinones Diaz reflected on her own experience at the school.

“We shouldn’t have to be thinking about this,” said Quinones Diaz, referring to racial tensions that she said have existed at the school for since she was a student. “He’s fifteen years old, he just started high school,” she said.

Quinones Diaz said she worries about her brother returning to the school after speaking out on the issue. When she was in school, she said, “I couldn’t show that I was soft because they would do it more… if you show it hurts… they live off of that.”

Even during the interview, her brother Victor said, “I can’t really say anything else or, ya know, what would they do to me?”

Since our initial reporting on this story, Meza said she and her daughter have not returned to the school over safety concerns.

In a statement, Assumption Catholic Schools said they continue to seek further details.

Statement from Assumption Catholic Schools

 The second statement from Assumption Catholic Schools

Statement from Diocese of La Crosse

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