Accountability and an apology were met by a round of applause at a Folsom Cordova Unified School District's board meeting Thursday night.
This comes more than one month after Sutter Middle School teacher Woody Hart said, "If you hang one black person, you have to hang them all," during a lesson about equality.
"Very inappropriate, flat out stupid, and repulsive," said FCUSD board president Zak Ford.
Social justice groups and community members crowded the board room to spread their message that racism won't be tolerated.
Groups including Showing Up for Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter said they want more than just an apology.
"We suggested the city develop a working group of community members, students, teachers, administrators that try to look at addressing this incident as well as incidents in the future," said Niki Jones, member of Showing Up for Racial Justice.
From parents to former teachers, the common goal of speakers at the board meeting is to create a better environment for students. Passionate pleas for a permanent solution didn't go unheard.
"The district is willing to meet with representatives from the community to partner on situations to make sure this doesn't happen again," said Ford.
A district spokesperson said the next step will be determined by the district, but will likely involve circling back with community representatives who spoke at Thursday's meeting to determine the best ways to work together.