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Fake money found at the Crucible

During a production of the play "The Crucible", students from Snohomish High School and the North West Private High School gathered to see went down to the ACT theater in Seattle to see the novel they had been reading in-class encated live onstage.

During the trip, a teacher from the private school handed SHS English teacher Keri Jantz a fake one-dollar bill, covered in what Jantz calls "racist literature." Jantz said that she was "shocked and disappointed" when she saw the bill, and its alleged harm towards students.

"I'm sad that our students have that kind of attitude and to be honest I'm truly disgusted about it," Jantz stated. 

Even though the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech it does not protect an intentional act for violence. The question now is this; what category does this bill fall under and what is the purpose behind it? 

The word "genocide", depicted on the bill along with a link to pornographic material, is defined as mass murder, and the websites the bill encourages to visit are visual protests against Muslims and the Islamic faith.

Eric Cahan, principal of SHS, is incredibly sad about the whole situation and says that he is "just embarrassed that it would happen."

Cahan also tells that the bill never was given to anyone, it was dropped on the floor and once it was found in one of the restrooms it was brought to his attention. 

"It's really a chicken kind of move," Cahan said. "It wasn't done in a public way, it wasn't done in a 'Here is my stance,' or 'Here are my beliefs and values,' [way]. It was just a little piece of paper dropped on the ground."

The school does not yet know who made the bill or from which high school the student is from, but Cahan says that they are investigating the case as if the student was from Snohomish. 

To determine who this might be the school is working with the police and teachers who were at the play.    

This case is incredibly serious to the school and is definitely not a joke, but one thing the principal thinks this has helped to do is to create some momentum around trying to verbalize the problems with racism and hate speech and try to address it and get ahead of it.

As the principal encourages: "I just want to empower every student in this high school to stop hate speech and hurtful language. It's inappropriate and all it does is to create anxiety."