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Title: new Hampshire high schoolers make song based on KKK
Post by: Hypestyle on December 09, 2018, 05:09:59 am
what the hell kind of class assignment was this, anyway? (

Video of New Hampshire students singing KKK-themed jingle sparks district investigation
A group of 11th-graders sang lyrics that included "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks," as a part of an assignment on the Reconstruction era.
Dec. 3, 2018 / 6:26 PM EST
By Doha Madani
Students at Dover High School in New Hampshire were recorded in class singing a KKK-themed jingle with lyrics that included, "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks," sparking a district investigation.

Dover School District Superintendent William Harbron told NBC News on Monday that the students were 11th-graders assigned to create a jingle based on the post-Civil War Reconstruction era for a U.S. history class. The Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization, was formed in this time period.

Video began to circulate of the presentation Friday in which students sang, "White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they’re dead -- ha, ha, ha," to the tune of "Jingle Bells." The students did not know they were being recorded, the superintendent said.

"The principal became aware of the situation late Friday and began working with teacher," Harbron told NBC News on Monday. "Right now we’re dealing the immediate need of communication out," and with "the emotions surrounding the situation."

The district released a letter on Monday stating that it was investigating the incident and that although the song was part of an assignment, "the impact was harmful."


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"We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families and staff," the letter read. "Administration from Dover High School and the District are working with students and the school community to respond immediately and effectively to this racial insensitivity."

Harbron was not aware of any previous disciplinary issues involving the students and said the district wanted to learn from the incident.

He told NBC News the district was working with two consultants from a foundation focused on public education to address the class assignment. The foundation began working with school district earlier this year as a part of a grant to develop community engagement.

"I think the most important part is that we are upset and concerned about what happened in that classroom," Harbron said.

Title: Re: new Hampshire high schoolers make song based on KKK
Post by: Battle on December 09, 2018, 06:26:18 am
what the hell kind of class assignment was this, anyway?

It's because of this psycho-____tch, Hype. 

With apologies to Norman Rockwell.


Title: Re: new Hampshire high schoolers make song based on KKK
Post by: Battle on January 30, 2019, 07:05:39 pm
Wednesday, 30th January
Alleged strip search of 4 black middle school girls prompts third-party investigation
by Janelle Griffith


Allegations that four black middle school girls in upstate New York were strip-searched has sparked calls for a state investigation.

The four 12-year-old students and their parents say the girls were questioned and forced to disrobe by the assistant principal and school nurse at East Middle School in Binghamton on Jan. 15 on suspicion of drug possession because they were acting "giddy."

The school district announced this week that it has hired an independent firm to review the allegations.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday also addressed the matter, saying he has asked the State Department of Education to investigate the claims. He also raised the question of whether race was a factor.

"The allegations that 12-year-old girls were strip-searched for drugs after being perceived as 'hyper and giddy' at a Binghamton middle school are deeply disturbing and raise serious concerns of racial and gender bias," Cuomo said in a statement.

Binghamton, a city in the middle of the state, has a population of a little more than 45,000 that is 75 percent white, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

The alleged incident sparked a protest outside the school Tuesday night, with a rally organized by Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow, a Binghamton organization that advocates for marginalized communities.

The group said the girls' parents did not give consent for the searches and were not contacted until afterward.
Although the school district announced a third-party firm will conduct an independent investigation, it maintains there is no evidence of a strip search.

"It must be reiterated, we have no evidence that a strip search was conducted by administration," the statement said. "We only turn to medical assessment if we find clear reason to be concerned for our students' safety and health, which is what occurred in this instance."

At a school board meeting last week, the board said that "misinformation" had been spread via social media, and that the students had been evaluated, which can require a person to remove "bulky outside clothing to expose an arm so that vitals like blood pressure and pulse can be accessed."

The school district said the four girls were not suspended or punished and were allowed to return to class after being evaluated. The district also said that parents were contacted on Jan. 15.

"The Binghamton City School District should never have stated 'no students were strip-searched,' solely due to an assumed lack of evidence — especially before the criminal, state or independent investigation has been concluded," the group told NBC News on Wednesday.

"The first-hand accounts of the four victims are evidence, both legally and morally, and we stand behind these girls 100 percent."

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Title: Re: new Hampshire high schoolers make song based on KKK
Post by: Battle on April 14, 2019, 11:09:15 am
Saturday, 14th April 2019
A Wisconsin teacher has been placed on leave after telling kids to find games played by 'enslaved children'
by Christina Maxouris

A Wisconsin physical education teacher has been placed on leave after allegedly telling African-American students in the class to research games played by "enslaved children."

The suggestion came after the Shorewood Intermediate School teacher shared an activity with the seventh-grade class on the subject of games from around the world, Bryan Davis, the Shorewood district superintendent, said in a statement.

The class took place on April 1. After finding out about the incident, the administration launched an internal investigation, Davis said.

"We take these allegations extremely serious," Davis said.

"Throughout this situation, student safety and well-being have been our top priority. Our school counselor, school psychologist, dean of students, and the SIS (Shorewood Intermediate School) principal have been providing support to the students who were directly involved in the incident."

MaHailey Stephens was one of the students in the class.

"I went to my mom, I was like, mom, what are slave games?" she told CNN affiliate WITI. ("Psss-s-t..Did anyone catch this affiliate's name...?  witi"

The affiliate reported students alleged they were separated in groups based on their race.
"I've never heard of such a thing," Reshunda Stephens, MaHailey's mom, told the affiliate.

"I never knew slaves had opportunities to play games."
The district, which is in Milwaukee County, said it will "continue to assess the situation" and provide ongoing support to students.
"How many more times do people have to feel uncomfortable until change happens?" MaHailey said.

Another student, Alexis Averette, told CNN affiliate WTMJ she was forced to "reenact slavery in front of the entire class," and was made to demonstrate the game by the teacher even after she said she was uncomfortable.

"I was completely shocked," her father, Yuri Averette, told the affiliate.

"I knew it was a problem immediately when she said she was uncomfortable."

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