Students Appeal Suspension For Racist Symbols | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Students Appeal Suspension For Racist Symbols

Play associated audio

In Virginia, four students accused of arranging pieces of sod into racist symbols will appeal their school district's punishment at a disciplinary hearing tonight.

Six Stonewall Jackson High School students were suspended for using the sod to form a swastika and spell out "KKK" in a parking lot at Sinclair Elementary School in August. Prince William County Police say four students were charged with vandalism.

School board members will decide whether the four students be expelled for the rest of the year. Two of the suspended students are not appealing their punishment. Rae Roach, mother of two of the students, calls the punishment "unjust."

Roach tells the Washington Post her sons, 14 and 16 years old, completed a court-ordered program that included community service and a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She says they were humbled, "understanding now what those words and symbols mean to people."

Meymo Lyons reports...

NPR

Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is re-igniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)
NPR

Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma

Researchers at the university built a furnace that can melt rock, then had a cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over the 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak.
NPR

Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor

After relinquishing his majority leader post, Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning June primary upset, says he wants to make room for his successor to take over his Virginia seat in November.
NPR

Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is re-igniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.