ACLU Says Separate Gang Assemblies For Hispanic And Black Students Was Wrong

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

The American Civil Liberties Union is objecting to how a middle school held separate assemblies for black and Hispanic students to discuss the school's no-tolerance policy on gang activity.

ACLU North Carolina director Jennifer Rudinger said a more effective assembly would have gathered the entire seventh grade class to talk about the importance of respecting fellow classmates regardless of race.

The principal at Dillard Drive Middle School held assemblies at different times earlier this week after a heated argument escalated when a Hispanic girl tried to intimidate a black student with gang symbolism.

White students weren't sent to either assembly.

Wake County school district spokesman Michael Evans said staff
knew other black and Hispanic students witnessed the incident but
didn't know which ones.


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  • by Xavian Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    Just because their of hispanic descent, it doesn't mean that don't speak english. Sure there are alot here that do still speak spanish but most know english. Hispanic doesn't mean illegal. There are people here illegally of all nationalities.
  • by Brad Location: Winterville on Dec 7, 2007 at 04:16 AM
    School officials did what they thought was safe and right. The aclu needs to be where the illegals should be; in another country!!!
  • by cole Location: nc on Dec 6, 2007 at 06:26 AM
    Hispanic children should have different assembly's...we should not have to listen to a spanish translator. They are lucky the state allows them into our schools, which I don't agree with. Give them seperate assemblys, seperate classes, and make them learn to speak English!!!
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