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After student walkout, St. Paul Highland Park principal apologizes, vows action

Hundreds protested "sexual assault culture" that included harassment and student assaults


November 19, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Entrance to Highland Park High School in St. Paul.

A walkout this week by hundreds of students decrying a "sexual assault culture" at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul has led to quick action and contrition from the school's leader.

"I want to apologize that as your principal it got to the point at which a walkout had to occur before students felt like they're being heard," Principal Winston Tucker told students Tuesday in an address over the school's intercom.

He said he met that day with students and had a "powerful, open and honest discussion" about what needs to done to rebuild trust, adding that he will have staff members undergo training on how to identify and report sexual harassment.


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