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Wake superintendent to meet with groups after latest student racial incident

Posted May 2
Updated May 4

A Snapchat post is the latest in a string of racial incidents within the Wake County Public School System.

The post shows the Apex Friendship High School step team performing during a school pep rally and is captioned "plantation owner watches his former slaves rejoice and celebrate their newfound freedom, circa 1864."

Principal Matt Wight called it a "highly offensive racial remark."

He sent a message out to parents on Monday saying, in part, "I deeply regret that this has happened and want you to know that we are working to address the issue in a positive, constructive way to improve relations with all of our students."

Earlier this year, three Leesville Road Middle School students used racial slurs in an online video recorded off school grounds. Those students were punished.

A week before the Leesville Road Middle incident, in a video posted online, a black student is seen pulling a white student to the ground at Wake Forest High School. The students said his actions stemmed from more than two months of racial slurs and threats against him.

In January, video surfaced on social media that showed Rolesville High School Resource Officer Ruben De Los Santos slamming a black student to the ground, an incident Dr. Portia Rochelle, president of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP chapter, believes was "unreasonable."

"We have kids afraid to go to school because they don't know what is going to happen next," Rochelle said.

She said the NAACP and other advocacy groups are meeting with Superintendent Jim Merrill this week to discuss the recent racial incidents. She hopes it is a step in the right direction to end the hateful posts.

The student responsible for the Snapchat post has been disciplined, according to a school spokeswoman?.

On Wednesday, students at Apex Friendship High will have what school leaders call a “courageous conversation” on race in their homeroom class.

School officials said additional cross-cultural activities were already planned.


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  • Henry Cooper May 4, 10:05 p.m.
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    I don't even know what to say.

    Do you have some of this keen advice for mixed race families or is marrying between races not something that occurs in your world?


  • Pete Knowles May 3, 4:56 p.m.
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    Like I said before......."complain about stupid stuff like this"? Wow!

  • D. Aaron Hill May 3, 4:36 p.m.
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    oh wow, look at the implicit racism in that comment

  • Kylie Marie Summerling May 3, 4:16 p.m.
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    I don't know what any of this has to do with Trump or Obama. White families need to teach their children tolerance and black families need to spend as much energy into the education of their children as they do complaining about stupid stuff like this.

  • Chris Cole May 3, 2:25 p.m.
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    I guess nothing will get fixed by the way these comments are going....

  • Ronald Woodard May 3, 12:35 p.m.
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    Robert, more fake news on your part. In reality, the Russians hacked Hillary because they and everyone thought she would win and she was such a target rich environment for dastardly deeds to use against her by the Russians after she was elected.

  • Robert Dalton May 3, 12:00 p.m.
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    Your right, he is a Con Artist more then he is a Racist. He has flipped on every campaign promises he has made. Has failed on everything he has tried to get done in the first 100 days. Does nothing but sigh showy EO, that he once trashed Obama for doing. Has played more golf in his first 100 days, cost taxpayers more money, by going to Mar-a-lago every weekend (some much for his working in the WH) and keeps spending money by the First Lady living in New York and not the WH.

    Wants the Wall in the budget, so much for Mexico paying for it.

    Lost the popular vote and needed Russia to get elected.

    But hey you can keep believing him and in Faux News and all your other Alt Right "Fake News" or Alternative Facts sources

    I don't have to insult any Trump supporters intelligence, they voted for Trump and that speaks volumes on their intelligence or lack of.

    By the way, i voted Green and could care less about Hillary.

  • Robert Dalton May 3, 11:09 a.m.
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    So Trumps remarks about the Judge handling the Scam of Trump University where not racist, Steve Bannon's entire history ofcomments and publications at Breitbart are not racist. Steve Miller's comments are not racist.

    Stop turning this back to immigration, this was about the Administration being racist, publishing racist articles, making racist comments and having a racist attitude towards America and that is a fact.

    It's not "Fake News" as those in and those that support the administrations racist agenda like to fall back on when confronted with facts.

  • William Sherman May 3, 10:30 a.m.
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    Are you claiming that Trump is a racist because he opposes illegal aliens from Mexico??? Thats racist??? Fraid not there ole pal---Nothing at all racist about Mexicans---Mexican is a NATIONALITY---not a race....Thought you might like to know..

  • Robert Dalton May 3, 10:00 a.m.
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    I don't see Trump talking about going after the 1.17 million illegal immigrants coming from Asia or the 1.78 million from South America. He only talks about the 6.72 million coming in from Mexico (see his racist comments).