By Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Members of the local NAACP are calling the South Seattle College campus a toxic environment due to alleged harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Seattle King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson said Friday at a news conference that people truly don’t feel safe at the West Seattle school.

The conference was held jointly with the Washington Federation of State Employees, the union that represents some college employees.

The Seattle Times reports ( in a written response Friday, South Seattle College officials disputed that the college environment is discriminatory to people of color and touted its diverse enrollment, which is nearly 60 percent minority.

The college said it hired an independent law firm last year to assess the work environment after the NAACP raised concerns, and said the firm found no evidence of discrimination or bullying.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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