A racist email was sent to the Bay District School System’s mail server

PANAMA CITY, FLA. (WMBB) – The Bay District School System is investigating an email sent from a student’s email account Tuesday morning around 5:30 a.m. The email contained racist and discriminatory language and was sent to students and teachers in the district before being deleted by the school system.

“It was definitely hate beyond anything any of us can even imagine,” Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt said. “It was something you didn’t want to wake up in the morning and check your email and see this.”

More than 100 people viewed the email before it was deleted, Husfelt said. As the school system pursues other projects, officials have ensured that its system is secure and has not been hacked.

“None of our systems were compromised by (the email),” Husfelt said. “Again, I’m no expert, but we’re pretty sure whoever figured it out someone’s password or something, it was that sort of thing.”

An internal investigation found that no district data had been breached, BDS said in a press release. However, emails like the one sent on Tuesday have become more common, said Jim Scantlin, executive director of BDS management information systems.

“It’s a constant thing, bad actors and people who want to do that are constant,” Scantlin said. “And what we do every day is try to come in and try to make sure we’re as safe as possible.”

BDS also intends to work with law enforcement to try to track down the person who sent the message. The district hopes legal consequences will occur if the person is found, Husfelt said.

“I believe it’s a crime, what was done,” Husfelt said. “We will continue to investigate and we will offer a $500 reward that will lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever did this.”

Jeremy S. McLain