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..."That e-mail was so plagued by technical difficulties that some members of a parent-staff site council arriving for a meeting Thursday were unaware of the incident. That meeting was canceled."
Sounds like some good steps were taken and more are being taken. Something like this has to be punished, but not knowing anything about the perpetrators, I wonder if it's possible that race never really crossed their mind? Adults are seeing this thru the lens of their experience, but kids today are unburdened by a lot of the wierdness around race that older people experienced. Again, it needs to be treated as a racial incident - but this is not the 1960s.
Good God, it was a doll. My guess is this was done more to create a fuss, than to create racial angst. Overreaction.
This was a stupid high school stunt. As usual, the professional "activists" are trying to make it into something bigger. I doubt seriously if any of the Black students at Washburn are feeling threatened. Some kid did something really dumb and now he (or she) has been expelled. He (or she) doesn't need to be flogged in public over this.
How do I get the title of activist? Is making a lot of noise all that is required? What exactly do these so-called activists think they are going to accomplish? Do they expect a pay day out of this?
If this had been a white doll, or a Japanese doll, or a Native American doll would this incident have been handled differently by the school, media, activists, etc? I agree with turgid that kids in these urban schools do not think about race the way their parents and grandparents do/did. I also agree with raylottie that the reaction to this has been over the top. With a 74% minority population at Washburn, how will these kids be able to safely go back to school? If you were their parents, how comfortable would you be letting your teen go back? It was a prank. A bad prank but nonetheless, a prank. Let it be.
They want "disclosure"? Hmm, sounds to me like they want names. Doing so would be blatantly illegal, assuming they are under 18. Kinda sounds to me that these "activists" want some street justice.
"the parent group made other requests, including: Washburn suspension and expulsion data by race and gender"
Which has nothing to do with the doll incident. This is just some "activist" group on a fishing expedition and the doll incident was just the opening they needed.
If an African American child is the perpetrator of this prank what will the activist demand? I suspect they will claim that those children are also victims of a racist society that have turned them against their own race.
I'm sure any moment City Inc. will appear and want to have their band of "volunteers" to be paid by the city for cooling the situation down.
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