Wake middle school segregates assemblies | Wake County | Indy Week
Pin It

Wake middle school segregates assemblies 

Following a Dec. 4 clash between two seventh-graders, one Hispanic and one African-American, at Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh, Principal Teresa Abron called all the Hispanic and African-American seventh-graders to separate assemblies. Both were given a tongue-lashing about their conduct, attire, poor grades and no-tolerance policies on fighting and gang activities.

White seventh-graders, a majority of the school, remained in their classrooms.

The ACLU of North Carolina thinks the segregated assemblies were a mistake.

"Principal Abron unwittingly perpetuated the stereotype that students of color are 'problem students' who must be dealt with, while white students do not need to attend the assembly because white students are less likely to get into trouble," it complained in a letter to school officials.

The ACLU is seeking an apology from school officials along with some assurance that, in future incidents, principals will "know how to handle it so all students are treated equally," says Rebecca Headen, who directs the group's racial justice project.

"We've gotten very little response from the schools," Headen adds. "They've treated it as a one-time event [and] really tried to minimize the effects."

Schools spokesman Michael Evans said he wasn't aware of any action taken in response to the complaint.

The ACLU and the local chapter of ACORN have invited concerned folks to a meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at ACORN's office, 1408 Hillsborough St. Those planning to attend are asked to call 834-3466 or e-mail aclulegal@nc.rr.com.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Wake County



Twitter Activity

Comments

It would be hard for anyone to believe in this school at this time. People should continue to believe in …

by ftk_919_ on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

Rob - that would be great, wouldn't it? Except, you see - the Board and Nancy have proven through their …

by ToWhomItMayConcern on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

Most Recent Comments

It would be hard for anyone to believe in this school at this time. People should continue to believe in …

by ftk_919_ on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

Rob - that would be great, wouldn't it? Except, you see - the Board and Nancy have proven through their …

by ToWhomItMayConcern on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

I have been following the comments on all of these threads and I am proud that at least one person …

by Rob Spandacuk on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

Wonder if the MSR Board is reading this and all "disliking" comments at the same time? 5-6 dislikes all pop …

by ToWhomItMayConcern on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

Yep, parents are screwed at this point along with teachers who should get out. The timing of all this has …

by Kay Bonquiqui on Did the Montessori School of Raleigh Fire a Beloved Teacher Because She Talked to the Cops About the School’s Sex-Abuse Scandal? (Wake County)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation