by Chris Haire
The P&C has an interesting post today on a protest at last night's Dorchester District Two School Board meeting. The charge made by protesters? Black students are kicked out of schools at disproportionate rates compared to their white counterparts. Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. But quite honestly, if the school district is unfairly targeting black students for expulsion and suspension, then something needs to be done about it.
That said, if the protesters want to win supporters to their cause, the folks organizing this thing need to do a better job of screening out those people who are going to talk to the press.
One student who hopes to see some changes is Jon Williams, who was a sophomore at Summerville High before his expulsion.
Williams, who was among the protesters, said he was involved in a fight during the second day of school this August. He was labeled a gang member, a charge he strongly denies, and was kicked out of school. He said he thinks his race contributed to his punishment.
Smith said he doesn't want to accuse school board members or district officials of overt racism. He said he's not planning to contact the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or get other groups involved unless they want to be a part of it. His fight, he said, is helping students like Williams, and parents like Gail Robinson, whose 17-year-old son was suspended earlier this year after an altercation with a Summerville High assistant principal.
Seriously, a kid who got into a fight and another who had an "altercation" with an principal? Was the 11th grader who drops cherry bombs down the boys bathroom toilets unavailable?