From an outsider’s point of view, Chandler may look like paradise. Well-manicured lawns, nice spacious homes, restaurants, office buildings and great parks.
But something ugly is happening inside the school system and local residents attended a Chandler Unified School Board meeting on January 24 to put a stop to the alleged racism that continually rears its head.
Felisha Gillespie stood before the board to share eight examples of racist and unfair incidents that have allegedly occurred in the Chandler schools.
The latest incident involved a group of caucasian San Tan Junior High School students at an off-campus gathering (without any parents in sight) repeatedly jumping and chanting, “F— all N—–s!” A video of the teenagers shouting the racist slurs was posted on SnapChat.
Black students and parents complained because they logically did not feel safe in the same school environment as the pupils who were yelling the slurs. To date, the principal nor any other administrators have disciplined the white San Tan Junior High School youths.
|Janelle Wood, of the Black Mothers Forum, was among the parents who addressed the Chandler Unified School Board during a meeting on January 24 about the racist SnapChat video recently made by San Tan Junior High School students. Wood said the Black community will not allow the District to have any peace as long as this matter and other acts against Black students are unchecked and discounted.|
|Geoffrey Mobisson tells Chandler Unified School Board members and administrators to do their jobs and hold the San Tan Junior High students accountable for cyberbullying. The white students were chanting “F— all N—–s” during an off-campus gathering and posted the video on SnapChat.|
Parents, relatives and other concerned Valley residents at the Chandler Unified School Board meeting expressed their frustration and dismay over the fact that the students who shouted “F— all N—–s” have not been punished.
Unfortunately, the Chandler Unified School Board did not take any action after hearing all of the emotional and powerful messages from those in audience who chose to speak.
Annette Auxier, the school board president, explained that since this matter was not listed as an official agenda item for the meeting, State law prevented them from taking any action.
Nonetheless, Wood said that she will embark on a “letter writing and phone campaign to ensure the administration does what is just and right by the Black students, their parents and the Black community at large.”
The parents in attendance also assured the Board that they will continue to pursue this issue.
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