Bloomfield Hills School District Hosts Community Forum to Fight Racism
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan. – Students at Bloomfield Hills High School held a walkout last week to protest racist incidents.
Threats against black students were written on the bathroom walls. The students said the school administration was not doing enough to tackle racism.
They said the problems had been going on for years and that they were afraid to go to school. The district reported the threats to the police.
On Tuesday (November 16), the school district hosted a community event to address the incidents.
“This is something that me and my wife talked about,” said parent Trek Carethers. “One of the things that worried us a lot is that when we got notices from the school district, it was very generic.”
The parents were informed that there had been racist incidents, but not about the threats. The school district hosted a meeting for parents and students on Tuesday (Nov. 16) to address concerns.
Local 4 was asked not to register parents or students. Those present were asked not to record the meeting on their phones. Mara MacDonald was allowed to sit and listen.
The principal and principal apologized to the parents. The meeting lasted three hours and frustrated parents and students were allowed to share their feelings.
The students told the administration that racial slurs are common and they don’t feel safe. Parents are unhappy with what their children tell them and frustrated with what they say is a lack of transparency on the part of the district. Parents have said that what their students are saying is not new.
“They’ve been telling the same story for a long time,” said parent Samuel Walker. “The administration heard this before it remains to be seen whether things will change.”
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