Another racist incident happened on school grounds over the weekend, this time at Model Secondary School for the Deaf. After the conclusion of a conversation the school is characterizing as “horseplay” between white and black students, a black student was held against his will by 6 white students (and possibly 1 black student) for 45 minutes in the dorms. The white students wrote KKK and drew swastikas on the black student’s skin and clothing. Clearly horseplay is much like the way Jena mobilizes the word “prank.”
The school is investigating the incident and has sent all of the kids involved home. No charges have been filed but the D.A. has mentioned that the use of hate crimes law is on the table.
The school held an assembly the following day and have discussed diversity initiatives they can implement to prevent incidents such as these from occurring again.
(And no the presence of a second black kid in this incident does not negate the use of racist symbols, racialized behavior, or the word everyone seems to want to forget “racism.”)