Indiana public school district segregated elementary field trips last week when administrators included only African-Americans on the college introduction tour.
According to ABC 57, South Bend Community Schools Corporation has planned a series of field trips to three local colleges for black third-graders in seven school districts. The excursions began last week with a trip to Ivy Tech Community College.
Dr. G. David Moss, the director for the African-American student-parent services with the South Bend Community Schools Corporation, told ABC 57 that he wanted the third-grade students to begin to think of themselves attending college. …
However, many families, including those with children who can attend the field trips, said the field trips were exclusionary and discriminatory in nature.
“I feel like all kids should be going,” Deirdra Mullings, a mother of a child on the field trips, told ABC 57.
“It creates a double standard,” Kelley Garing told the news outlet.
In 2012, 34.5 percent of students in the South Bend Community Schools Corporation were African-American. White students made up 37.1 percent of the school population that same year.