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G.E.T. investigates racial incident

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GALESVILLE, WI (WXOW) - The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is investigating what it calls a racially charged incident involving students.

The mother of one student wrote a Facebook post this week detailing the incident and complaining that the district hadn't responded appropriately.

The mother claims her son's life was threatened by a group of other boys at the high school. Her post also includes comments posted by the other boys, whom she claims took photos of her son, then posted it to social media along with derogatory racial terms and a threat to "shoot him in the head."

The School District released a statement Wednesday, acknowledging the racially charged incident. Administrator Aaron Engle writes in part, "The situation is as bad as it sounds. We have conducted an investigation and will issue the appropriate discipline…We also brought in law enforcement to conduct a safety assessment and address any potential criminal issues…There is simply no place for racist or threatening behavior in our schools…We will do everything in our power to prevent a situation like this one from ever arising again."

Scott Hackworth

Scott Hackworth co-anchors the News 19 Six and Ten PM reports. He came to News 19 in 1991.

Scott grew up in Oklahoma and upstate New York. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he started his broadcasting career as an Associate Producer at KJRH Television in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went on to become the Weekend Anchor at KSNF Television in Joplin Missouri and from there to a Morning and Noon show anchor position at KCRG Television in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

Scott has been honored by the Associated Press of Wisconsin for Best Series Reporting and was part of the team that put together our September 11th, 2001 coverage that won the Wisconsin Associated Press award for Best Newscast. He has also hosted News 19 Town Hall Meetings that have been honored in a variety of categories.

Scott is an avid reader and loves politics, current events and sports. He is also believed to be the only Oklahoma State University or New York Mets fan in all of Wisconsin.

Scott and his wife Gina live in Onalaska and are occasionally (but not often enough) visited by their two grown sons.

Contact Scott at shackworth@wxow.com

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