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School apologizes for Black History Month menu

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  • California high school's Black History Month lunch menu included fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon
  • Parents complained the menu was racially insensitive

A special menu to celebrate Black History Month at a Northern California school apparently backfired.

Carondelet High School announced the commemorative menu would include fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon. HLN affiliate KTVU said the special menu was planned by the black student union club at neighboring De La Salle High School without staff approval or permission.  

"They thought this was a very clever way, in their own way, of celebrating Black History Month. It was as simple, and naive as that," Sister Ann Bernard, interim president of Carondelet High School, told KTVU.

After parents complained the menu was racially insensitive, the school issued an apology. In a statement, the school admitted the menu was "racially insensitive."

"Our normal procedures would have caught this insensitivity before it was planned or broadcast to our student body, but those processes broke down and the menu was planned and publicized without administrative knowledge or permission," the statement read.

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