Target: Superintendent of Northwest Local School District, Dr. Andrew Jackson
Goal: Reinstate students who were expelled for making a rap music video
Hailed as a move spurred by racial profiling, the parents of four black students from Colerain High School are suing the Northwest Local School District, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees and police officers for expelling their children for making a rap music video in which they used hand signs. The parents state that this is a violation of the children’s freedom of speech rights and that the school district is guilty of racial profiling. Tell the superintendent of the school district to reinstate these students.
The black students were interrogated by school officials and police officers for photos that they posted on social media. The photos showed the students making various hand signs in the photos. The students were also under suspicion because they associated themselves with other black youths and participated in rap videos. The lawsuit filed by the parents assumed that the school district thought that their children were making gang signs. It has not been confirmed whether these students were part of a gang.
A similar case involving white and black students who made threats against the school staff and other students on social media were merely suspended and recommended for expulsion. One of the 14 students actually transferred to another school. If these children were given suspensions for threatening the school body, why are these four black youths being expelled for making vague hand gestures in a music video? The school believes that the content of the photos and music video threaten the safety of the school, but they will not say what rules were violated or what the threats actually are.
Expelling these children for making hand gestures is ridiculous, and the authorities have not verified whether these kids are part of a gang or even pose a threat to the school. Urge Superintendent Dr. Andrew Jackson to reinstate these students, as their actions are not deserving of expulsion.
Dear Superintendent Dr. Andrew Jackson,
Recently your school district expelled four black students for making a rap music video where they made vague hand gestures. The school deemed the content to be a threat, however, I find this move to be extremely discriminatory, especially since a similar case where both white and black students made threats against the school were merely suspended.
I believe you and the school district are overreacting and are violating the students’ right to freedom of speech and expression. I urge you to reinstate these students as they have not shown to be a threat to the school or their fellow students.
[Your Name Here]
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