‘Witch hunt’? ‘Lynch mob’? Fight for equal education fractures KC suburb
Before her second-grade son had been spit on and punched by his white classmates. Before a white parent told her that black kids get into trouble more often because they are “more aggressive” than white kids. Before learning her children’s school barely acknowledged Black History Month, Tahmeka Thompson says she had a feeling the Lee’s Summit school district wasn’t doing enough for its black students.
Then she saw the data.
In virtually every measurable category, black Lee’s Summit students were being outperformed by their white counterparts, according to an extensive study commissioned by the district. And while black students accounted for 12 percent of the district’s enrollment, they represented nearly 36 percent of the district’s suspensions.