Arizona government school suspends 9-year old for "hate crime"

Posted by DarthDilbert at 11/29/2007 12:25:00 AM

The boy was suspended for three days this month for allegedly committing a "hate crime" by using the expression "brown people." In an interview Monday, Voinovich would not address her comments, first saying she didn't remember the incident, then demanding a copy of the recording and finally insisting that she could not talk about a student's discipline. The circumstances of the boy’s suspension itself raise troubling questions about student discipline, interrogation and oversight at Abraham Lincoln.

According to school officials, the boy made a statement about "brown people" to another elementary student with whom he was having a conflict. They maintain it was his second offense using the phrase. But the tape recording indicates this only came out after another parent was allowed to question the boy and elicited from him the statement that he "doesn't cooperate with brown people." After that was reported to the boy's teacher, he was made to stand in front of his class and publicly confess what he'd said. The boy maintains that he never said it; that the words were put in his mouth by the parent who questioned him. That parent happens to be the mother of the student with whom he is having a conflict - and she happens to work for Abraham Lincoln as a detention-room officer.

Reason number # to homeschool.

Arizona Central

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