Racial Harassment in Central Valley Middle School Focus on Meeting Parents, District Administrators

Parents of black students say it is a problem for a year when their children are the target of racist gestures and abusive names of white students. More specifically, at a Wednesday afternoon meeting with the Superintendent at Central Valley, the principal of Central Valley Middle School and the president of the school board, they said black students were called primates in words, gestures. They also claim that last week a list was circulated with the names of the primates alongside the names of the students. “Each of the black boys on the list are connected to the primates,” said Darren Allerby, a relative of one of the students. “In this case, my nephew’s name, right next to it ‘Gorilla’. Another student’s name, next to that name is ‘Monkey.'” The parents said the meeting with the school district ended after two hours. ” “With other black families and parents who did. He underwent that kind of treatment in the Central Valley School District, and we say enough is enough,” Allerby said. “We are asking for an explicit language in their harassment and harassment policy that speaks to anti-racism,” said Allerby Perry, who said the district did not tolerate exclusion and harassment. “We ask that these allegations be taken seriously.”

Parents of black students say this has been a problem for a year with their children being the target for offensive racial gestures and names of white students.

Specifically, in a Wednesday afternoon meeting with the Superintendent of Central Valley, the principal of Central Valley Middle School and the president of the school board, they said that black students were called primates in words, gestures.

They also claim that last week a list was circulated in which the names of the primates alongside the names of the students.

“Each of the black boys on the list is connected to primates,” said Darren Allerby, a relative of one of the students. “In this case, my nephew’s name, right next to it is ‘gorilla’. Another student’s name, next to that name is ‘monkey’.”

Parents said the meeting with the school district ended after two hours.

“We enlisted quickly, as a family, as a community, concerned with other black families and parents who have undergone this type of treatment in Central Valley School District, and we say enough,” Allerby said.

Superintendent Nicholas Perry said the county does not tolerate exclusion and harassment, and that students have already been suspended, but it is still an active investigation.

“We ask for explicit language in their policies of bullying and harassment that speaks of anti-racism,” Allerby said. “We ask that these allegations be taken seriously.”

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