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."

Kim Elizabeth Johnson August 30, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Good for you for posting this!
Robert L. Beaudette August 30, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Who are these people? Please read... http://www.keywiki.org/index.php/Michigan_Emergency_Committee_Against_War_%26_Injustice
Robert L. Beaudette August 30, 2012 at 03:21 AM
We have many problems with our city and our schools. I don't believe that racism is problem in Wyandotte. All Americans have the right to protest. I don't agree with this group and I wonder what their agenda is. I also wonder who funds this group.
Bridgette August 30, 2012 at 03:32 AM
This is simply so absurd that it is borderline unbelievable! I guess anyone can claim anything they want, but doesn't make it true.
Bridgette August 30, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Rebecca, I am quite sure that Richard did check into this, as he is quite the Wyandotte advocate. He is correct in saying that everything was done to help someone.
Bridgette August 30, 2012 at 03:36 AM
And if I hadn't already promised to meet someone tomorrow, I would be there to support the truth!
anonymous August 30, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Michael Keaton is playing the bad guy in the Robocop reboot now.
Lisa August 30, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Who's going to protest for the fat kids, the red heads, the unusual, and all the other labeled children out there. Maybe we should encourage unity, fairness, KNOWLEDGE, and respect for all man kind instead of showing kids how to continue to fight and label themselves and each other.
David Justice August 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Where's Al Sharton is he coming as well? I am sure its a isolated case to a parent who belongs to this head hunting church, According to there site they are against the FBI as well as other facets of our government. I am all for protest if they are legitimate but they are throwing out acquisitions with no explanation of what specifically they are protesting about other then a general term of Racism. Everyone of us face racism everyday in some form or another, I am guessing this group has nothing better to do then make claims with no backing. I will be there today to see what they have to say, I have never been a big fan of Wyandotte PD but where is their evidence to back up such a protest?
Valen Gow August 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM
So what was done, Richard? What information did you get that nobody else seems to have? Will you be at the protest to share your information and who you got that information from? Aren't you just a citizen like the rest of us, Richard?
Just Sayin! August 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Would be nice to know the details of the alleged bullying to understand the reason for the protest...My son has been a victim of bullying , and the enttity in which it happend under handled it swiftly... So if something has happened with uch significance I think we as parents have a right to know..or is someone just crying wolf!?
Art Zasadny August 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Typical liberal rubbish... Create problems where none exist and attract attention to their organization...
Sally Schneider August 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM
My son attended Wilson for 7th and 8th grade. Last year my son was suspended for calling a girl stupid. I never or argued the issue. I explained to my son why it was wrong and hoped he learned a lesson. Weeks later my son came to me and told me that the kids at his lunch table were calling him a nigg#$. When I called the Assistant Principal, Mr. Jesue, to discuss the issue, he blew me off saying that "Kids will be kids" and believed that my son was just making it up to gain attention. I cant imagine any kid making that up. I was very dissapointed in his reaction... You were ready to jump on my child for calling a girl stupid.... but yet these kids are calling my son a horrible word and it is pushed under the rug!!! I also was informed by another parent that children of a mixed race were told to check the hispanic box on their MEAP tests. When I check, sure enough my child was under "Hispanic"... I had to call the school and email the lady in charge to have that changed... I think its sad... as great as I think Wyandotte schools are... Some people sure are IGNORANT!!!
Sally Schneider August 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Just because you are, does not mean that everyone else is... You dont see it because your eyes are not open to the feeling it gives when you are at the other end of the spectrum. There is TONS of racism in the schools. My son sees it everyday!!! and it KILLS me that he has to go thru it!!!
Valen Gow August 30, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm no fan of what this organization stands for either. I think that bullying is bullying and needs to be dealt with accordingly.
a parent August 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
My daughter as well goes to will and so many nasty rumors and computer bullying was going on I did report and talked to Mr kell and he did advise the other students to stop and the outcome that would come out if it continue. I know the hurt the parents are feeling when your child is hurting but why is it always racism gets but on the computers and the news what happen to everyone gets treated equally people really need to think before putting there child or child's names all over the news . I'm sure something could of gotten done without pulicaztion the student's that's gonna hunt them thru there graduation.
cranker August 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
i agree, bridgette
Kevin Fischer August 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
As I have children in this school I don't see this as an issue. As always if you are not African American you cannot use the "N" word without being rascist.
Brandon Calvin August 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Yes, Richard is a citizen but he does his research and has no problem calling out a government body if they do something wrong so if he said that they did what was necessary then I tend to believe that they did. Also, Art, this isn't typical liberal rubbish. This appears to be a certain group that is backing this. I am quite liberal and love a good protest, but I also don't believe in protesting just to protest either.
Bridgette August 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Sally, there are lots of children teased for lots of things. Kids learn how to bully at home. Schools can't control them, only discipline when it happens, and they do! A black child being called a racial slur is hurtful and not tolerated, but they don't hurt any more or less than a fat kid or handicapped child, etc... Being teased.
BWC August 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I'm sure that there is some validity to it, or else there would be no protest at all.
Average Joe August 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
So, nobody knows if there is an actual case they are protesting? Also, Art, there are nut jobs on both sides. Anyone for tea?
Angela Farley August 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I was just on their website. That group is REALLY out there. After checking out their website I would think that their "support" would hurt those they feel they are supporting. I don't think the solution to what the parents and friends feel is happening is encouraging an extremist group to protest on your behalf.
Sally Schneider August 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I agree... my main issue is that I brought it to Mr. Jesus attention and I, as well as my son, was blown off...
Sue Thorne August 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It seems to me like a lot of people don't even know what's going on but they are quick to say that there isn't racism at the school. I can tell by a lot of the comments that I've read regarding this story that there are a lot of racist people in Wyandotte. It's really sad that kids that are of a different race can't feel safe going to school in Wyanodotte I saw one comment where someone said that the riff raff comes from Ecorse, River Rouge and Detroit. So all the kids from Wyandotte are just perfect angels? People have a right to protest no matter what they are protesting. Why can't everyone be treated with respect no matter what race they are?
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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