Debate Over Wake Reassignment Leads To Heated Exchange
Posted January 26, 2005 11:34 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — What started as a friendly meeting over
Wake County school reassignment
quickly turned into a heated exchange.
A group of parents from Wakefield Plantation are upset that their children will be reassigned. They would move from Wakefield Elementary to a temporary modular school on the campus of the Dubois Center about five miles away. The DuBois Center feels that it is under attack from parents who do not want their children attending a modular school on the grounds.
Bettie Edwards-Murchison, executive director of the Dubois Center, and parent Chris Haney later became involved in a heated discussion over the reassignment plan.
"I think the fear that many parents are expressing have as much to do with class as it has to do with race," Edwards-Murchison said.
"It's not racist. This is not a racist incident," Haney said.
Both sides later said they may have misinterpreted the other's position.