SHOREWOOD- A 3 month long investigation into a series of iMessages between four administrators at the Shorewood School District has come to an end.
The district launched the probe after the former Director of Instructional Technology discovered the messages and brought them to the attention of district leadership.
Mickey Chavannes claims his staff discovered texts that included terms like ‘cracker,’ ‘cracka,’ ‘white devil,’ and ‘minority Jewish’ while referring to white staff members. Chavannes was later fired after interim Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Sternke said he displayed a ‘pattern of insubordinate behavior’. Chavannes and his attorney Nathaniel Cade have since filed a lawsuit over his termination.
You can read our original story on Chavannes here.
Attorney Nathaniel Cade posted this text between two administrators on Facebook following an open records request:
According to a news release today, Dr. Sternke said the investigation found that, “The three staff members were unaware that their messages were being stored on District technology. These employees emphasized the text messages were presumed to be private in nature given they were sent and received on their private devices.”
As for the language found in the messages, Dr. Sternke said it’s not “reflective of our District’s values and ideals – and the very mission that is the foundation of everything we do. We do not in any way condone use of racial and inflammatory language found in these text messages.”
In response to the investigation the District says it will no longer use iCloud on district-issued technology.