Jeff Winder 
Member since Jun 19, 2013


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Re: “Latino Students Protest Treatment at High School

I was disappointed to see this reported in a way that suggests a lot of tension between students of different racial and ethnic groups at school. One quote taken out of context can do a lot to distort perceptions. As someone who supported the students and their parents in their organizing and was present at several community meetings to prepare for the protest as well as the meeting with the school administration I can say that this this perception is not accurate. The students and families were protesting being singled out for unfair treatment by administrators and security guards - period. I never heard any mention of any grievances related to other students of any race. In fact there were a lot of expressions of solidarity with other students who share similar experiences. ALL of the students that I spoke with said they had friends at school across all racial and ethnic lines. I was there when the buses pulled out past the protest line that day. Out of the open windows I saw lots of smile and waves and heard a lot of cheers. I didn't see any overt signs of hostility at all. It's a little sensationalist to exaggerate the idea of racial conflict among students and detracts attention for the issues the students were protesting - inadequate interpretation and unfairly being singled out by administrators and security guards based on their ethnic background and perceived immigration status.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Winder on 06/19/2013 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Latino Students Protest Treatment at High School

I was disappointed to see this reported in a way that suggests a lot of tension between students of different racial and ethnic groups at school. One quote taken out of context can do a lot to distort perceptions. As someone who supported the students and their parents in their organizing and was present at several community meetings to prepare for the protest as well as the meeting with the school administration - I can say that this perception starkly contrasts with all that I heard from the students and parents involved. At no time did any of the students or parents mention any tensions with other students as part of their grievances. On the contrary I heard a lot of expressions of solidarity with other students who share some of the same experiences. They were protesting being singled out by their race for unfair treatment by school administration and security guards. All of the students that I spoke with stressed that they had friends of all races in the school and that they had no grievances with other students. I was there when the school buses pulled out of the parking lot and drove past the protest. I saw a lot of smiles, waving and cheers by students of all races and witnessed no sign of overt hostility by any students.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Winder on 06/19/2013 at 3:57 PM

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