After the recent attack of an 11-year-old girl at Whitehorse Middle School, Madison community members expressed frustrations to the Madison Metropolitan School Board about racism within district schools.Image By: Cameron Lane-Flehinger
Following brutal attack of 11-year-old girl, Madison community protests at board meeting
Cries of outrage echoed through the meeting room as a passionate crowd of students, parents, faculty and community members listed their concerns about racism in schools and listened to board members discuss funding yesterday.
Students, their families and school faculty have been attending and speaking at board meetings for years, advocating for police to be taken out of schools and for tangible racial justice reform. But yesterday, the passion in the audience was reignited by a recent instance of violence against a young girl.
At Whitehorse Middle School, an 11-year-old black girl was attacked by the acting principal and “positive behavior support coach” Rob Mueller-Owens, a white male, on February 13th.
Price was not notified by the school and only later found out about the attack when her daughter returned home.
Mueller-Owens has been placed on leave while investigations proceed and has not been fired. The Madison School Board did not respond to the incident immediately after it occurred but waited days to respond, according to an audience member.