- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Six students at a Massachusetts high school have been suspended in the wake of a racially-charged group text conversation that followed the election of a black student as senior class president.

Lowell High School officials are investigating the exchange, including the use of common racial epithets, that occurred Tuesday hours after the election of 18-year-old Anye Nkimbeng.

Headmaster Brian Martin told The Sun of Lowell (http://bit.ly/1j54Km3 ) that the suspended students are minors, so he could not disclose names.

He said the school has students from more than 60 countries and “we take great pride in the fact that we get along incredibly well here,” adding that “we need to do a better job at understanding cultures and respecting cultures.”

Nkimbeng says he felt threatened and called it “sad and disturbing.”

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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