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Complaint: Okaloosa schools discriminate against black students
nwfdailynews ^ | 8/7/2012

Posted on 08/09/2012 6:31:00 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal complaint against the Okaloosa County School District, alleging disciplinary discrimination toward black students.

The 22-page document asserts that in the 2010-11 school year, black students accounted for about 47 percent of all in- and out-of-school suspensions, although they made up only 12 percent of the school district’s population.

The civil rights organization filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights after more than a year of investigation.

“It started with complaints that we received from parents in the Panhandle. We were just hearing all these stories and we were like, ‘What? Not in this day and age,’ ” said Stephanie Langer, the staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Florida office. “We were surprised and shocked with what we found.”

After studying school districts across the state, the organization decided to file complaints against the Okaloosa, Bay, Escambia, Flagler and Suwannee County school districts. The first complaint was filed in February and concluded last month with accusations filed against Okaloosa County.

Investigations have been launched in Escambia and Suwannee counties based on the complaint, Langer said.

“I think we have enough evidence to file in all 67 districts in Florida,” she said. “What we found were these five counties were very representative of what was happening in the state.”

Okaloosa’s complaint specifically cites experiences of four students who are identified by only their initials and ages. Two attended Riverside Elementary School in Crestview and one attended Fort Walton Beach High School. The fourth attended Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Fort Walton Beach, which is overseen by the Rader Group.

Okaloosa’s complaint also criticized the school district’s site-based management program, which leaves most discipline issues in the hands of principals. Only expulsions are handled at the district level.

The trouble with that practice and the district’s overall discipline approach, Langer said, is that schools are punishing students for misdemeanor offenses the same way they do violent ones.

“We think it’s a problem with schools criminalizing kids for being kids,” she said.

Superintendent of Schools Alexis Tibbetts said her staff received the complaint Monday and had only just begun investigating the allegations.

“It’s safe to say we’re reviewing the data to see if it’s valid or not,” Tibbetts said.

Tibbetts was able to confirm that the district did have a 12 percent population of black students in 2010-11, but couldn’t confirm the other numbers.

She said the percentages could change based on the number of times a single behavioral incident was reported.

Tibbetts also defended the district’s site-based management program. She said it was truly the best option not only because of staffing shortages at the district level, but because principals can keep up with individual student discipline issues more easily.

She did emphasize that similar policies were in place at each school.

“We have a consistent expectation for behavior in our school district, and that is regardless of the color of your skin or gender or any other attribute,” she said.

Tibbetts said no one with the federal education department had contacted her as of Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/school-51533-students-black.html#ixzz236PfWSxv


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blackstudents; discipline; discrimination; splc
Complaint here:http://richmedia.onset.freedom.com/nwfdn/m8ez3b-8complaint.7.18.12reduce.pdf
1 posted on 08/09/2012 6:31:05 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.
The 22-page document asserts that in the 2010-11 school year, black students accounted for about 47 percent of all in- and out-of-school suspensions, although they made up only 12 percent of the school district’s population.

Actually, based on racial breakdowns of adult crime figures, that sounds about right.

2 posted on 08/09/2012 6:32:35 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Altura Ct.

We should be complaining about their percentages being so high. What, now are all students supposed to be equally in trouble? What about behaving appropriately or you get suspended?


3 posted on 08/09/2012 6:34:21 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Altura Ct.

We should be complaining about their percentages being so high. What, now are all students supposed to be equally in trouble? What about behaving appropriately or you get suspended?


4 posted on 08/09/2012 6:34:33 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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yes, of course, poor black students are always being discriminated against, couldnt be that they are actually troublemakers....i see it here in the pittsburgh public schools.....blacks are causing the most problems,every year...it aint racist when it’s true....


5 posted on 08/09/2012 6:36:16 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: Altura Ct.

QUIT BREAKING THE LAW, A--HOLE!!

6 posted on 08/09/2012 6:38:28 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: raygunfan
couldnt be that they are actually troublemakers

Indeed. In a country that denies race exist it sure is used almost endlessly as an excuse and a weapon.

7 posted on 08/09/2012 6:39:18 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: raygunfan

Right on!


8 posted on 08/09/2012 6:40:30 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 82)
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To: Altura Ct.

The 22-page document asserts that in the 2010-11 school year, black students accounted for about 47 percent of all in- and out-of-school suspensions
...........................................................
That’s because 47% of the time they were guilty of the violations.


9 posted on 08/09/2012 6:42:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: raygunfan

“blacks are causing the most problems,every year...it aint racist when it’s true....”

I agree 100%. Whenever I take the subway and the train, guess what? Even the hispanics and Asians beside me on the train when I talk to them after leaving the station: BLACKS are the troublemakers.

After taking the train and subway for the past many years and I have seen it all, EVERY time they are the ones who act like animals.


10 posted on 08/09/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: bboop
Don't you get it?

Don't punish the kid that committed the infraction (if they are a member of a protected class), slap the shit out of the white kid next to him to scare the offending student.

Makes perfect sense and keeps the quota's in order.

11 posted on 08/09/2012 6:44:48 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: Altura Ct.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is very close to a hate group.. I’m not sure why you would post them...

It’s not the choice of victim that makes a hate group - it’s the tactics. If an ‘in’ group discriminates and damages unfairly ANY lawful group - they’re haters. These people - the SPLC - uses the same KKK type tactics - but against white middle class citizens.

I’m not sure they have anything to offer except to extreme liberal elites ... why would you post them here?


12 posted on 08/09/2012 6:50:04 PM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Well, if the SPLC says so, then it must be true....

13 posted on 08/09/2012 6:51:55 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Altura Ct.

What standing does the splc have in the case?


14 posted on 08/09/2012 6:52:24 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Altura Ct.

[ black students accounted for about 47 percent of all in- and out-of-school suspensions ]

Could be that its much higher than 47% except 10% to 20% additional problem makers were given a pass BECAUSE they were black.. or female or very young.. or because they were exceedingly SCARY.. and school personnel were afraid of them..

Maybe 60% or more..


15 posted on 08/09/2012 6:53:05 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: max americana

Interestingly enough , they come from their own racist subculture who will not do what whitey wants.

Only one problem. Whitey learned along time ago that there is only one way to put a nut on a bolt.

What these blacks have to do is do something that would make their parents proud by accomplishment... doing something and achieving something by participating in the “system”. Get educated, get a job, scrimp/ save and get ahead. They have to learn it is a process.

Perhaps that is the problem... no patience... It has to be here and now! Even if they have to resort to traditional African culture of jacking it.


16 posted on 08/09/2012 6:54:08 PM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: Altura Ct.

I am white and when I was in high school I represented about 1/4 of 1% of the students in the school. I was discriminated against because they gave me at LEAST 5% of all detentions for the year.......whine


17 posted on 08/09/2012 6:56:01 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Altura Ct.

In cahoots with Obama’s Justice Department.


18 posted on 08/09/2012 6:56:59 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: GOPJ; Altura Ct.

The SPLC is actually the private organization to which the Obama regime has turned over the tracking and naming of hate groups. One of the recent articles about that shooter at the temple contained several paragraphs about the SPLC, and that is exactly what they said.

The government is not permitted to perform that level of surveillance of private citizens who have committed no crime and also not permitted to declare an organization something as nebulous as a “hate group,” and for this reason, the SPLC is actually contracted to identify and monitor “hate groups.” (Needless to say, they don’t consider radical black anti-white groups as hate groups, of course.)

I was stunned that they were not only open about it, but boasting about their power to identify and track “hate groups” on behalf of the Federal Government.

Pretty scary.


19 posted on 08/09/2012 7:00:03 PM PDT by livius
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To: Venturer

Bingo!

As a former inner city public school teacher I can verify the reason more black kids are in trouble is because more black kids cause trouble.

This measuring discrimination based on outcome was bullpuckey from the beginning and needs to stop.


20 posted on 08/09/2012 7:00:11 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Altura Ct.

By the way, the Southern Poverty Law Center IS a hate group. They hate anyone to the right of Chairman Mao.


21 posted on 08/09/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Altura Ct.

Go back to segregation in the schools and everyone can be happy.


22 posted on 08/09/2012 7:05:07 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: bboop

So what we need is equal opportunity in discipline. Black kid gets thrown out of school for whatever reason, find a white kid and trump up some charges and get his white ass out of school as well. Sounds like something Sharpton, Jackson, and the Obama Administration could support.


23 posted on 08/09/2012 7:05:44 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Altura Ct.

The SPLC is a hate group.


24 posted on 08/09/2012 7:06:27 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Altura Ct.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a true Thought Police Collective. You will NEVER see complaints brought against any left of center organization or for that matter against any African American ([leftist] entity. It is staffed by ultra leftist that do not have the best interest of this country at heart and I can't understand why this hate group is allowed a tax exemption.

BTW:They are known to spy on groups they disagree with and have files on thousands of people who they classify as "BIGOTS"

25 posted on 08/09/2012 7:07:34 PM PDT by Larry381 ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
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To: Altura Ct.

This should finally finish even the appearance of usefulness and safety in the public schools. Some districts or states may try punishing white students more, perhaps on a draw straws basis, while most will desist from any sort of discipline at all, which is the outcome desired by the obamaleft and the race industry. Negros should not have to learn anything or do any work or be punished for anything but should be served by all the other groups in reparation of their forbears’ time as slaves.Perhaps a reliable supply of pure drugs is being arranged by the ATF-CIA deal with Sinaloa.


26 posted on 08/09/2012 7:43:46 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Altura Ct.

Poor little darlings are most likely aspiring rappers who eat Twinkies, Skittles, and drink Slurpies.


27 posted on 08/09/2012 7:55:17 PM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: Altura Ct.
The 22-page document asserts that in the 2010-11 school year, black students accounted for about 47 percent of all in- and out-of-school suspensions, although they made up only 12 percent of the school district’s population.

Blacks are only 12% of the entire US population, but they commit 50% of the murders.

By this logic, the Just Us system should start convicting innocent white people of murder for the sake of equality.

28 posted on 08/09/2012 8:00:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: GOPJ
I’m not sure they have anything to offer except to extreme liberal elites ... why would you post them here?

I think that it's called "know your enemy"...

29 posted on 08/09/2012 8:02:51 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: bboop

to answer your question in two words...

Zero Tolerance.


30 posted on 08/09/2012 8:10:06 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Blacks make up 12% of the population, yet they comprise 100% of the Olympic sprinters. Is it possible that (1)Black sprinters are faster than white sprinters, and/or (2) Black students cause more trouble than White students?


31 posted on 08/09/2012 8:21:20 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Amazingly enough, when you look at the criminal arrests in Okaloosa County, Florida, you seen an amazingly disparity in the number of black criminals. It's nice that the Northwest Florida Daily News features the mug shots of those arrested in the country.
32 posted on 08/09/2012 11:46:03 PM PDT by RavenATB
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They just might. See, if you buy enough ammunition, you are probably planning a mass murder, so therefore you have to be guilty of a future crime, ala Minority Report.


33 posted on 08/10/2012 12:01:49 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Interestingly, there were two teenage men arrested for assault and attempted kidnapping in Okaloosa County this week. At least 50% of them were black.


34 posted on 08/10/2012 12:02:04 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: RavenATB

That’s lie saying our justice system disriminates agains’t blacks. That explains why our prisons are so over crowded with blacks. Do they not stop to wonder why and that it MIGHT BE that blacks are the ones putting themselves there?

There are indeed very good blacks in this oountry, I have a great neighbor who just happens to be black. He is totally disgusted with his race of people here in America. The bads ones make it more difficult for him every day.


35 posted on 08/10/2012 3:38:23 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Pearls Before Swine

It would be interesting to do a comparative study with student homes having resident fathers vs those having just ‘baby daddys’...somewhere.


36 posted on 08/10/2012 3:44:45 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Zeppo
I guess I see the SPLC in the same category as the KKK. Both organizations are secretive hate groups - both should be shunned by rational ethical citizens. The fact that the KKK and the SPLC have chosen different groups to victimize doesn't make them different from each other... they are the same.

I've looked at the tactics of these two groups, their hate, their biases. Both groups should be shunned.

37 posted on 08/10/2012 5:04:10 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: livius; Altura Ct.
I see the SPLC as belonging to the same category as the KKK. Both organizations are secretive hate groups - both should be shunned by rational ethical citizens. The fact that the KKK and the SPLC have chosen different groups to victimize doesn't make them different from each other... they are the same. And yes, dems use groups like this BECAUSE their hate groups BECAUSE they go outside the law, BECAUSE they aren't held accountable...
38 posted on 08/10/2012 5:06:54 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: livius; Altura Ct.

their = they’re


39 posted on 08/10/2012 5:08:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: livius
I was stunned that they were not only open about it, but boasting about their power to identify and track “hate groups” on behalf of the Federal Government. Pretty scary.

I think of the Southern Poverty Law Center as the German's Gestapo, Russia's secret police, and the Mob's enforcers... Any newspaper could debunk 99% of the crap they feed the 'select'... and that's why the 'good stuff' is NOT given to newspapers.

And yeah livius, 'scary' is the right word...

40 posted on 08/10/2012 9:38:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Quotas.


41 posted on 08/10/2012 10:32:33 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: arthurus

Yes, quotas. My apologies - was still feeling bad for having typed a profanity so did not proof properly.


42 posted on 08/10/2012 10:47:16 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: GOPJ

Particularly scary because this is unknown to just about everybody. The SPLC works on some perfectly innocuous things, such as clearing title to rural black properties in the South. These things literally go back to 40 acres and a mule, but since blacks were not generally in the normal legal network (buying, selling and registering properties) and also often didn’t marry and have legal heirs, nor did they write wills, when whoever is living on the property now goes to sell it...they can’t. So this is a worthwhile project.

But most of their money comes from huge shadowy donations and contracts...such as the one they have with the FBI to identify and monitor “hate groups.”


43 posted on 08/10/2012 12:34:53 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
The SPLC works on some perfectly innocuous things, such as clearing title to rural black properties in the South. These things literally go back to 40 acres and a mule, but since blacks were not generally in the normal legal network (buying, selling and registering properties) and also often didn’t marry and have legal heirs, nor did they write wills, when whoever is living on the property now goes to sell it...they can’t. So this is a worthwhile project.

You're right, the above is worthwhile...my concern was their 'vast right wing conspiracy' stuff from the Clinton years. Was that nuts or what? Decoder rings - black helicopters... nutty stuff.

44 posted on 08/10/2012 2:38:39 PM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Huh... It seems there have been a lot more of these 1962-era stories about “discrimination” lately. I think the malcontents and race hustlers are smelling the end of the Ubanga regime and want to get in on as much action as possible before the accidental turd is flushed down the toilet of history in November.

Of course, a lot of this stuff is simply part of Ubanga’s campaign strategy to instigate the Democrat party “base”.


45 posted on 08/10/2012 2:47:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MtBaldy

Are you aware that Obama recently signed an executive order to force schools to discipline equally blacks, whites and other minorities based on their percentages in the school population. So some kids will get suspended for chewing gum and other kids will not be disciplined for much more serious infractions. I don’t remember the details but it was posted here on FR.


46 posted on 08/10/2012 2:54:15 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

“Are you aware that Obama recently signed an executive order to force schools to discipline equally blacks, whites and other minorities based on their percentages in the school population”

Yah, yet another reason why I say sending your child to public school is child abuse.


47 posted on 08/11/2012 1:37:50 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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