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School Leaders to Meet With Parents Upset Over Principal's Solution to Fight

Posted April 1, 2008

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— John Comer, president of the advocacy group ACORN, announced school leaders will meet Thursday with parents upset over separate assemblies held at Dillard Drive Middle School.

In December, Principal Teresa Abron held two assemblies – one each for black and Hispanic students in the seventh grade after a fight between two girls in that class.

Abron later said white students were not called to the assemblies because they were not identified as being involved in the fight.

Some parents, along with ACORN leaders, took their concerns to the Wake County School Board.

The district and school board have stood by the principal's actions, but have said they are willing to listen to concerns.

Comer said two parents will meet with two school board members April 3 at 5 p.m. at the Cameron Village Library.

The media will not be allowed inside, Comer said.

ACORN is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

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  • findoutthefacts Apr 2, 2008

    Here's what I have to say about the situation.

    You can call me into an assembly all you want to, to discuss the importance of not throwing knives at people if someone had recently done that. Guess what, it isn't going to bother me - if I have done nothing of the sort, it's water off my back.

    I gurarantee you most of these kids were happier about getting out of class to go to an assembly and it was the parents who got mad about it.

    Here's the other part to consider. If you have the whole school in an assembly and make a general comment to all, the one's you are really speaking to (problem-causers) are blowing it off thinking "They must be talking 'bout someone else." If you narrow down to specific groups, you are sending more of a message (especially when it wasn't just two people involved and the others don't want to "snitch")

  • nccowbo Apr 2, 2008

    I assure you if my parents had to take full personal responsibility for my actions such as pay a huge fine or do some sort of services, you can bet your pay check I would never even dream of being in or having anything to do with this sort of trouble. Why do parents want to blame others and not hold their child and themselfs accountable. They are not 5 years old, they are young men and women.

  • colliedave Apr 2, 2008

    ACORN is a nut that needs to be crushed.

  • methinkthis Apr 2, 2008

    This should have occupied about 1 minute of time. If you feel rejected by being excluded or picked on for being included, get over it. The Principal did nothing wrong. In fact, demonstrated great care for her students. Too many people with a chip on their shoulders looking for something to protest, someone to sue.

  • nccowbo Apr 2, 2008

    She did the right thing for the people that look at the situation for what it is. This is now just a way to take the attention off the problem of the kids and try to place it on the school. The cops should have been called and these kids should have been kicked out. If we as parents are held responsible for the actions of our children I can assure you this sort of stuff will stop real fast. FINE THE PARENTS OR MAKE THEM DO COMMUNITY SERVICE, you will see a lot more better behaved kids.

  • Mom2two Apr 2, 2008

    Everybody needs to just get over it. It was 4 months ago. Move on people!

  • veyor Apr 2, 2008

    ACORN, let's just do all we can to help develop these future prisoners.

  • mmania Apr 2, 2008

    I can't believe this is still an issue. Leave this woman alone, what she did was correct and all these pampered parents need to get a grip.

  • iron fist Apr 2, 2008

    I think she made the correct decision. If the parents want to complain they should be talking to their children. Discipline starts at home. If the parents can’t or won’t discipline and talk to their children about right and wrong they shouldn’t complain when some tries. Two group fighting could have been much worse and without interference it could have escalated.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 2, 2008

    The principal did the right thing. Had this been two white kids fighting and she just called all the white children to an assembly not a peep would be heard. This is just more example of the racism being driven by the various minority groups. Sometimes I think we would all be better off just to go back to segregation. Let each group deal with its own problems. At least then they could not play race cards and whine and moan.

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