Local News

Citizens Group: Principal 'Should Be Commended'

Posted February 22, 2008

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— A Wake County citizens group announced Friday that it supports the principal who held separate assemblies for black and Hispanic students after a fight at her school in December.

In a news release, the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children said Principal Teresa Abron “should be commended for her efforts to counsel the students who were accused of fighting.”

“As a community we believe that (Abron) should be commended for displaying courage, integrity, honor and commitment to our students here,” the statement read.

Abron said she pulled seventh-graders from class last December because of a fight between a black girl and a Hispanic girl.

Wake County public school officials said the fight had gang overtones and that one of the girls wore an article of clothing to school in an effort to intimidate the other girl.

In an internal e-mail sent after the fight, school administrators asked teachers to send black students to the school's auditorium, and when they returned, to send Hispanic students. The e-mail asked teachers to be as discreet as possible when dismissing the students.

"All of the students were not involved, but we were not able to identify all of the students," Abron said. "We prefaced our conversation with telling the students that, 'We know some of you don't need to be here.'"

White students were not called to the assembly, Abron said, because they were not identified as being involved. Had they been, they would also have been called, she said.

Coalition officials praised the principal for counseling the students as opposed to suspending the ones involved.

Some parents said they didn’t think Abron handled the situation appropriately. A group of parents protested her move at Tuesday's Wake County Board of Education meeting.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina expressed concerns over the assemblies and issued a statement that it was looking into the reports.

Local reaction was mixed. Abron said she has received positive response from both parents and students about how she handled the situation.

174 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • haggis basher Feb 26, 2008

    "Statistically speaking, perhaps this explains the unusually low crime rate Mayberry enjoyed?"
    I come from a country where the criminals were generally white catholics of Irish descent.......Poverty and Segregation has the same effect regards less of colour.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 22, 2008

    Bravo for the Principal! Folks, race isn't an issue here. She had the courage to step up and make a difference in these students lives. She is to be commended. It takes courage to do what she did, for the benefit of all students under her charge.

  • Harrison Bergeron Feb 22, 2008

    "Why is it that when several white children are gathered it bears no concequence but when those same children are black or brown they have to be labeled a gang?" -NCAries

    Do you know what the definition of a "gang" is?

    "'I wonder how Helen Crump from the Andy Griffith show would havee handled this situation?' Lucius Tate She wouldn't have had to...there were no black people in Mayberry." -NCAries

    Statistically speaking, perhaps this explains the unusually low crime rate Mayberry enjoyed?

  • Harrison Bergeron Feb 22, 2008

    "Race is not an issue here. I used race in my examples because thats all you guys are concerned about. Take race out of the equations....

    ----For the record Form the depiction of gangs on television I don't think a REAL gang member would even care about a principal threat to suspend" - MR EVANS

    First, you can't remove race from a situation which is inherently racial. Second, if you are basing your opinion on what the TV tells you, then you really should just stop right now. Really.

  • MR EVANS Feb 22, 2008

    Race is not an issue here. I used race in my examples because thats all you guys are concerned about. Take race out of the equations. The point is IF YOU WERE NOT INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT THEN YOU SHOULD NOT MISS TIME OUT OF CLASS FOR A LECTURE THAT DOES NOT RELATE TO YOU. If there were 20 people involved and you only know 15 of the 20 then lecture the 15 you know but don't bring in 60 to make sure you have all 20. Using this as an example you guys think its ok for 40 innocent students to miss time in class just to make sure the other 5 will hear the message. I personnally think its wrong. I don't think making a big issue out of this is correct either. I'm not familiar with that area or school but if gangs are so bad at that school that you can't tell who is in a gang then there is a bigger problem. ----For the record Form the depiction of gangs on television I don't think a REAL gang member would even care about a principal threat to suspend them. So what good was the assembly.

  • NCAries Feb 22, 2008

    Why is it that when several white children are gathered it bears no concequence but when those same children are black or brown they have to be labeled a gang? This is whether the live in the same neighborhood or go to the same school or just frequent the same store.

  • NCAries Feb 22, 2008

    I wonder how Helen Crump from the Andy Griffith show would havee handled this situation?
    Lucius Tate
    She wouldn't have had to...there were no black people in Mayberry.

  • Harrison Bergeron Feb 22, 2008

    "Well if she was trying to get to the root of the problem, it seemed like girls fighting is the issue. Why didn't she have just girls in the assembly? The boys were not fighting, why were they involved. Having the idea that gang affiliations are only race based is why this problem is growing exponentially and crossing all socio and economic backgrounds." -jallen2

    I addressed the girls only issue in a previous post. The second sentence doesn't make sense, are you implying that gang affiliation isn't mainly race based?

  • fedupwithitall Feb 22, 2008

    I am personally offended by political correctness. So, can we get rid of it? I think it is politically incorrect to be politically correct.

  • fedupwithitall Feb 22, 2008

    Political correctness is for crybabies.

More...