Students at Gotha Middle School knew something was wrong when they arrived for class and saw a rope hanging outside. It was tied into a noose and left for all to see.
Once again, the Wake County Public School System is being called out for the racism displayed by its students. The first incident came after a Black student was initially suspended for 10 days after responding to months of racist verbal assault. The latest incident involves three eighth graders.
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles Civil Rights Project has released a set of reports that shine a light on the distressing discipline gap in America’s schools.
Among its findings: One million (or 1 in 9) middle and high school students were suspended in the 2009-10 academic year; 24 percent of black students and just 7.1 percent of white students.
Most of these suspensions were the result of nonviolent offenses like lateness or dress code violations.
These suspended students are more likely to drop out of school.