"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
12,461…That’s the number of black boys kicked out of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district last year by way of a short-term suspension.
By comparison, fewer than 12 hundred white boys were suspended.
It makes you wonder: “Are black boys that bad and white boys relatively that good?”
And some schools where suspensions occured are mostly black.
They’ve joined the movement to see that all students are treated equally when punished.
Training is now provided for principals to ensure any bias is removed when enforcing punishments.
We’re not saying “don't suspend.” We do say “think before you suspend.”