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Students suspended for racial threats

The mother of a Greencastle-Antrim High School student has pulled her daughter out of school temporarily.

The mother of a Greencastle-Antrim High School student has pulled her daughter out of school temporarily.

October 08, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The mother of a 12th-grade black female student at Greencastle-Antrim High School said incidents last Thursday and Friday prompted her to take her daughter out of school temporarily.

Anice Myers said white students made comments with racial overtones to her daughter and went so far as to threaten her. Her daughter was subjected to intimidating remarks including threats of being hanged or shot, she said.

"She's very frightened and upset. This is a really scary time for her."

She said her daughter has been a student in the Greencastle-Antrim School District since second grade. "That's why this doesn't make sense," she said.

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Three students have been suspended over the incidents, Schools Superintendent P. Rearick said Monday.

Myers said she could not comment because charges may be filed against the students involved.

Rearick said the matter was turned over to the Greencastle Police Department. "They'll decide if (criminal) charges will be filed," he said.

Rearick said the girl's mother also could press charges.

Myers said she has been satisfied with the actions taken by school officials so far. "They've been very concerned about this," she said.

She said she plans to send her daughter back to school Wednesday. "I'm going with her," she said.

"I want to stress that there was no violence in the incidents," Rearick said. "It was subtle, verbal harassment. There will be punishments."

Rearick said he spent three hours in the high school Monday and saw no hint of trouble. "I ate lunch in the cafeteria and there were six black students and each one was sitting at tables with white students. The black students don't group together in the cafeteria or in the hallways," he said.

"I think that it's unfortunate that this happened, but we'll deal with it. There's always some stress involving intolerance in schools. That's the reality and schools have to deal with it. School is the best place in society to teach tolerance and respect," Rearick said.

He said the district has programs in place to teach tolerance in all grades, starting in kindergarten.

Rearick said the district's minority population is increasing, but mostly with Hispanic and Asia students. Fewer than 1 percent of the 2,700 students in the Greencastle-Antrim School District are black.

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