Middle school displays racially insensitive images, teachers

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photo courtesy of Arthur L. Mackey Jr.

Roosevelt Union Free School District in Long Island, New York is facing some intense scrutiny from parents and professionals alike after it came to light that teachers at Roosevelt Middle School included pictures of nooses in a collage, which referred to them as “back to school necklaces.” The hashtags “Yes” and “Ha-ha” were also to be seen on the collage, near the pictures.

In what is being referred to as a “personnel matter,” the district insists it is investigating, but will not comment further on the actions it will take to rectify the problem. Meanwhile, students continue to attend a school where teachers make light of the struggles their ancestors have endured. If we can put racism aside (and really, in a situation like this, how can we?), when is it ever okay to have pictures of nooses in a middle school, especially with the words “ha-ha” anywhere near them?

The truth is, the school and district may never have noticed the college or its offensive material, had it not been for an unnamed teacher bringing it up with pastor Andrew L. Mackey, Jr. of Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral in Roosevelt. He publicized the image and issued a call to action. It’s good to see someone standing up for the children in this school.

The school serves nearly 300 students in grades 6 and 7, almost all of whom identify as minorities. The principal himself is African American. Greatschools reports that test scores in both reading and math fall well below the state average, and the school’s homepage shows student notices are published in both English and Spanish. This is obviously a low performing school whose students may ultimately choose not to attend, if they feel threatened or marginalized.

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“important message” on Roosevelt Middle School’s homepage

A video on the school’s website (linked below) shows a local news station’s recent profile of the school, and the positive sentiments expressed about the school’s future. Perhaps academically it could improve, if given a more positive atmosphere. Still, one needs to laugh, or else they might cry, at hearing the reporter stress that the school focuses also on “social and emotional learning.”

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Roosevelt UFSD – Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt Renaissance (video)- CBS News

GreatSchools.Org – Roosevelt Middle School

 

New York teen is arrested for threatening to open fire at high school

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“Violence only happens in inner city schools. OUR neighborhood schools are different,” says every white snob trying to justify sending their children to these cesspools of depravity. Well, read on, privileged and non privileged alike, because you’re about to see that this is most certainly not the case.

Westchester County, NY teen Luke Visser was arrested today after threatening to shoot up his high school. The 16-year-old had apparently sent threatening texts to a fellow student that included pictures of him holding a rifle. No word on if he was targeting this particular student or the student body in general.

Somers High School in Lincolndale, NY is among the best schools in the state. It’s located in a well-to-do neighborhood, right next door to an elementary school and across the road from a golf club. Two parks are just down the street. Trees are everywhere. Lincolndale is made up of over 96% white residents, to boot.

Think of almost every mass shooter of a public school. Guess what: they were white, and usually from families of decent socioeconomic status (after all, guns and ammo ain’t cheap).

So before you begin to say that school violence could NEVER take place in YOUR neck of the woods, think again.

Westchester Teen Charged in School Shooting Threat

Niche.com – Somers Senior High School