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UPDATED: Parents to Protest Alleged Racism at Wyandotte's Wilson Middle School

Protest to take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in front of the school board offices on Oak.

Members of Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice are planning a Thursday morning protest against Wyandotte Public Schools.

Members plan to march in front of at 639 Oak from 10 to 11 a.m. "to protest racism in Wyandotte schools."

According to the group, African American students, along with their friends of other races, have been victims of racial threats, bullying and intimidation for more than a year at .

"This situation has repeatedly been brought to the attention of the principal, the school board, the superintendent of schools and the police who have refused to do anything," protest organizers said in a press release.

Thursday's protest is intended to "let Wyandotte know that we won’t put up with this," according to the press release.

Event organizers declined to be interviewed prior to the protest, but said parents of the involved students will be at the rally to speak out.

Police Chief Daniel Grant said he's aware of one incident involving ethnic intimidation earlier this year and that an arrest was made in that case. He denied the claim that police "have refused to do anything."

"The , in its history, has always investigated claims that are determined to be criminal," Grant said. "And I want to stress that: claims that are determined to be criminal are investigated."

In a statement released Wednesday evening, School Superintendent Carla Harting said the district has appropriately handled all complaints brought forward.

"It is the firm policy of the Wyandotte Public Schools not to illegally discriminate against applicants, employees or students on the basis of race or any other prohibited criteria," the statement reads. "It is also the policy of the Wyandotte Public Schools to investigate claims of illegal discrimination and to hold responsible those who violate district policy. ...

"The district is not aware of any claim of illegal discrimination during the 2011-2012 that was not addressed by the district according to district policy. If any such claim is presented, it will be appropriately investigated and resolved pursuant to district policy."

Art Zasadny August 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM
This group's sole purpose is to look for situations they can exploit and use to their advantage, like Al sharpton and Jesse Jackson do. This will get the attention of the local news and that's what this group wants. Do the Wyandotte schools have a record of ignoring serious issues? I don't believe they do, so why is this "outside" group involved? I'm suspicious whenever any outside group gets involved in a local issue, liberal or conservative...
love my city August 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
well according to one protester a teacher and students were stalking a kid and the board of ed called and had a wyandotte judge overturn a verdict.. when asked about this the guy said he did not want to debate it.. if your going to slam a school system and city be prepared for a debate...and no not all kids in wyandotte are angels but you can bet that alot of the situtations do happen from the outside and is brought in.. just saying..
Darlene Herrick August 31, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Coming from the paryt that's 83% white folk I guess you would know best, right?
tawanda August 31, 2012 at 03:22 AM
People should wait to find out the facts before they start passing judgement. I agree with many on here that Racism should not be tolerated in our schools or anywhere for that matter. We all do need to learn to get along together. This is something that should be instilled into our children right from the start. There is no bigger impression that can be made on a child than those generated from the home. I was taught at my house, you never judge anyone by the color of their skin. I come from a very large family and we never had much but we always made room for one more at our house, no matter what color your skin or ethnicity. My parents never turned a child in need away and my mother was “Mom” to many. All of us were taught that you should always treat people the way you want to be treated yourself. You don’t go around making up stories and always to stand up for what is right. Those are standards that I live by and it would be a perfect world if everyone could do that too. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect world. I have seen that there are many people in this world that will do just about anything they can to get attention and destroy other peoples lives. What is even more unfortunate is that this time it is about a member of my family. I truly feel sorry for them that they have to resort to such things to make themselves feel better. What is even sadder is the example that they set for their children by fabricating such stories.
Skate mom August 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Yes people have a right to protest no matter what they are protesting but it would be better if it was true. This is crazy!! These girls were in trouble all the time at school. So because of this they are going to pull the racist card out. Un-real. Maybe we should pull school records and see how many times these girls have been in trouble and maybe we could protest about that. WE DONT WANT TROUBLE MAKERS IN SCHOOL!!!!! WE DONT WANT BULLIES IN SCHOOL.

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