Posted on April 16, 2021

White Bear Lake Superintendent Says Messages Sent to Students of Color ‘a Hoax’

KSTP, April 13, 2021

The superintendent for White Bear Lake Area Schools says racist and threatening messages sent to students of color over social media were a hoax.

The messages triggered a walkout last week at White Bear Lake High School’s South Campus.

According to Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak, a student admitted to creating a fake Instagram account and sending messages to other students.

Kazmierczak said the student who sent the posts “poses no threat to our students of color.”

Below is the entire statement Kazmierczak issued at a school board meeting Monday night:


Over the last week, we have worked with the FBI and local law enforcement, who investigated the racist, hateful, and threatening messages that were sent to several of our students of color from an anonymous Instagram account.{snip}

This afternoon, a young person took responsibility for posting hateful messages on social media. While we are working to learn more about the motives behind this action, we understand that race is at the center of this incident and any use of hateful language against another student is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. {snip}