Parents, community address Conroe ISD school board after student goes unpunished for racial slur

By Brenda Carden - News Producer , Click2Houston.com Staff
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Parents and other members of the community will address the Conroe Independent School District board after a student at The Woodlands High School went unpunished for sending a racial slur to an African-American student on Snapchat.

The message read: "we should have hung all (racial slur) while we had the chance and trust me it would make the world better."

"I had to read it about three or four times for me to actually believe what I was reading," R.J. King, the girl's father, said. "We thought the only way to ensure that that situation would be handled is that he be removed (from) the presence of that school, which may put her at risk and also other students of African American descent at risk with those serious remarks."

King and his family learned Monday that Superintendent Don Stockton did not expel, suspend or move the student to an alternative school for his actions.

"The Conroe ISD has failed to act. Dangerous students who state that all African Americans should have been hung using the N-word need to be held accountable," Randall Kallinen, the family's attorney, said.

Conroe ISD issued this statement: 

"Although the comments made on Snapchat occurred over a weekend and not on campus, Conroe ISD does not tolerate behavior of this type. The campus administered several levels of disciplinary consequences and continues to work with the students involved and their parents. Due to privacy laws, the campus cannot share all of the steps it has taken, but campus and District administration are committed to providing safe and caring learning environments for all of our students. Furthermore, reinforcing respect for others and building unity continues to be a top priority across our campuses as it is in our communities, and we are researching additional resources to support our students with these essential life principles."

The girl's family wants the student removed from the school. The family said they believe he is a threat to other students as well because of the nature of his alleged Snapchat message.

The district cited privacy laws as the reason why it couldn't say how the student was disciplined.

"This was a serious threat, so we thought we were going to get a serious response," King said.
"The Woodlands is not doing enough," Kallinen said.

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