#TVHSneedschange: Temecula Valley High School grapples with conversations about racism, bullying

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In August, a student painted a Confederate flag on his parking spot at Temecula Valley High School. The backlash that followed erupted into a conversation about racism and other forms of discrimination some students say they experience at Temecula’s oldest high school. Will Fritz photo
A couple of months ago, it was business as usual at Temecula Valley High School, when the 2019-2020 school year was just getting underway. Then, a student painted a Confederate flag on his parking space, and at least two students reported it to administration. One of those students began posting on Twitter about various issues of racism she said she sees as a black student every day on the 34-year-old campus, which had a student body that was 48.8% white, 32% Hispanic and just 3% black during the 2018-2019 school year, according to California Department of Education statistics. She started to get some backlash for her tweets from other students, and she believed, from administration. In the process of responding to that backlash, the student created a hashtag – #TVHSneedschan
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