TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—A virtual event at Harrison High School on Thursday opened the door for discussion about diversity and inclusion.
"We want our students to have conversation, the tough conversation, that usually we normally do not have," said Sadie Harper Scott.
NAACP President for Greater Lafayette Sadie Harper Scott also serves as the Tippecanoe School Corporation Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion. She said the goal is to reach other schools in the area with the same message.
"It's not a way that we can judge people," said Scott. "We want to make sure that we all are on one accord."
A message teacher and boys basketball coach for West Lafayette High School Dave Wood stands by.
"A chance to educate, a chance to, with a panel and different speakers, it's a chance for me to learn," said Wood.
Wood said positive discussion on black history and race relations mold the minds of young people who are the future.
"It really is the content of our character," said Wood "It's not the color of our skin, it's not our religion, it's not any number of things."
Harrison High School Junior, Jonah Lucas said for him the message was clear.
"It all kind of revolved around the same idea that you need to educate and eliminate ignorance the best you can," said Lucas. "If you are not going to take the time to commit and look at stuff that you kind of notice is wrong morally then that just reflects on your character."