PLEASE Explain to me how posting on Social Media calling for the firing of a Housemaster or Headmaster or releasing the name of one of the texting students is going to solve what LHS Junior Onotse Omoyeni so eloquently stated:
The texts are accumulatively representative of the casual and institutional racism that is embedded in the culture of the student body, and Lowell High— as both an educational institution and a pillar of the community. But, in all turmoil, there is an upside. Lowell High now has the opportunity to set an example, not only locally, but nationally, in the public school system. We, as a student body are asking Lowell High to make a commitment to the students of color, to diversify the curriculum and take steps to educate all students on white privilege, what it means to be a person of color in our community (as well as nationally and globally) and to define what it means to live harmoniously in such a diverse community. In doing so, Lowell High will not only be able to move forward but provide a sustainable solution that will prevent something like this from happening again.
Aren’t those that are posting calling things Cover-Ups and demanding firings just being the same CYBER BULLIES that they accuse the 6 students who were suspended of being? Oh wait, the adults will claim it’s not bullying because they use politically correct, sensitive words.
Shouldn’t the people who mishandled the issue learn from it and work towards making sure it doesn’t happen again? Shouldn’t we make sure that the School Dept and the High School listen and act on these words from one of their own students?
Headmaster Martin needs to make sure that LHS diversify the curriculum and take steps to educate all students on white privilege, what it means to be a person of color in our community as well as nationally and globally and to define what it means to live harmoniously in such a diverse community.
Does firing him undo his not calling Anye’s parents? Does it change anything at Lowell High? Will all of a sudden the racial issue just disappear? He should be made to explain WHY certain things happened or didn’t happen. He should be held accountable for the actions or inactions of his staff but that should be left up to the Superintendent and the recommendations of a task force.
Besides payback for political or personal reasons what good does it do to print the name of an 18 year old kid who made a stupid, vile mistake to his friends that he should not have made? Will it make him a better person? Will it teach him anything? Other than that adults can bully under the guise of righteous indignation?
Isn’t this just an eye for an eye mentality? Will naming the student erase the text messages? Will it make Anye any happier about being Senior Class President? Will it lessen the pain of the Anye’s parents?
I’m advocating for all of us to follow the words of LHS Junior Onotse Omoyeni Lowell High has an opportunity to deal with the issues that affect high schools in diverse communities nationwide, to be a leader, an innovator; not for the sake of diversity, but for the future of students, and the legacy and integrity which Lowell High holds in such high esteem.
Can we PLEASE allow this new Superintendent of Schools and the Special Evaluation Task Force to do their job and listen to what they find and what actions and recommendation they make before continuing to push personal and political agenda’s!!
Let’s work TOGETHER to do what Onotse suggest – to be a leader, an innovator; not for the sake of diversity, but for the future of students