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.
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“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.