Springfield Public Schools disciplined Kickapoo student for social media post

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 5:41 PM CDT
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A viral video is making waves at a local high school.

Springfield Public Schools is working with multiple social media platforms to remove the extremely vile video posted by a Kickapoo High School student. The video surfaced just weeks after posters supporting the gay and lesbian community were ripped off walls at Kickapoo.

It's a problem parents and community leaders say they are sick of having to discuss. They want these issues of inequality, and racism addressed.

"Why do I get treated different, why do kids say this, and why do they say that," said Kickapoo High School parent, Jerald Foote.

These are questions Foote says his daughter is asking more often. Especially after the racism displayed in a vile, racist rant.

"The same thing that I dealt with back then is the same thing that's going on today," explained Foote.

Foote got a hold of the video and sent it directly to Kickapoo administrators, who took action right away.

"We immediately investigated, we will be using the maximum discipline allowed by our scope and sequence in our student handbook," explained Springfield Public Schools, Stephen Hall. "So that we send a clear message not only to that student but to other students and this community."

After receiving the video, Kickapoo letters were sent to parents, ensuring that one student does not reflect the school or the district.

"It takes all of us working together as a community to address this issue," said Hall.

NAACP president Toni Robinson says she's been trying to see changes made since January. She's getting fed up and says action needs to be taken soon.

"We have brown and black students who are being called the N-word, who are being spit on, who are repeatedly being disciplined when their counterparts are not," said Robinson. "That needs to stop today, we need imidate action."

Foote says, despite race or ethnicity, people should think about if it was their child were targeted.

"How would you feel if their life was threatened?" asked Foote. "How would you feel? Or what would you want done if your child was in this situation?"

The district says the video has been reported to the Springfield Public School police, and will soon go to the Missouri Children's Division.

The Springfield Chapter of the NAACP will be hosting a youth meeting, Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. The meeting will be at the midtown library. The purpose of the conference is to give the youth a place to speak openly and to create their actions regarding the issues going on in the schools.