Parents Threaten to Sue School After Son is Accused of Racism

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An outstanding athlete and student at Marshalltown High School has been suspended from playing three football games in the fall because his parents say the school misinterpreted a symbol of school pride — as a symbol of white pride.

Now, the principal is accusing the student, Blair Van Staalduine, of being a racist. “We were appalled,” Blair’s mother, Cathy Van Staalduine, said, “We were appalled and so was he. Absolutely. Because the furthest thing from Blair is being racist”

Cathy Van Staalduine says her son was suspended after a picture of him was posted on social media making the letter “W” with his hands. The school apparently thought that was a racist symbol. But Mrs. Van Staalduine says the picture was taken during school spirit week when different grades had to wear different colors.

“The actual school chose the colors that each grade would be wearing. Juniors wore white. So Blair of course being active in the school dressed from head to toe in white,” she explains, “Somebody took a picture of him with his white doing a ‘W’ sign because they were wearing white. Blair says if they were wearing orange they would have done an ‘O’”.

Mrs. Van Staalduine says she tried to talk to the principal and he said she was racist too. No one from the school district would comment citing student confidentiality. The Van Staalduines say they want the suspension reversed and an apology, or they plan to sue the district.

110 comments

  • Aloysius B. Goode

    I hope they win their case. Ironically, Caucasians today seem not to have the same rights that all other groups are awarded. No matter how innocent or trivial, there is always some pea-brain out there who will immediately jump to the wrong conclusion, misconstrue the tiniest thing, and worse yet, fabricate racism and/or bias. Enough. This boy and his family deserve a huge apology and more.

      • mysttryst

        @William At least his aren’t from smuggling drugs. Anyway, just out of curiosity I would like to know how many illegals/anchor babies are in the Marshalltown school district.

      • Former GI Joe

        Since there was an accusation from the principal, I wonder how intense and detailed the investigation was leading to the accusation. How many students came forward and stated that the boy was racist? How many said they knew from first-hand knowledge of his racist ideology? If no investigation and/or no objective evidence, fire the principal and reinstate the student immediately! Then sue the bejeebers out of the school district for hiring such incompetent nincompoops as this principal, IF, in fact, he had no evidence to support his accusation of racism.

    • No More Tea Bags

      You’re full of it. You racist fidiots hide behind a few that have taken advantage of a story line. I don’t see folks saying there isn’t cancer; though there has been a number of stories lately about scammers saying they have cancer, but do not. It’s the same thing. The quickest and loudest of those crying racecard are the racists themselves… or empty an headed moron. I’m whiter than most Caucasians… I walk… I talk… I work… and hear all the racist garbage that comes out of your mouths, but become completely silent if anyone so much as has a tan walks by.
      You’re half right, we have been slung back to the 60′s, but NOT by anything President Obama had done. It started before he even was sworn into office. It was the fact that he was black and a good chunk of white folks are/were subconscious racists… All it took was the party that has admittedly made race a part of there platform in the 60′s to fan the flames… they’re called Southern Republicans, but the rest of them went along for the ride as it was the only train on the tracks.
      It’s called history, (not the FauxNews/Creationism history); LEARN IT.

  • Justice

    This is appalling. I would sue too. Who are these people making such accusations? It is the ‘politically correct’ crowd, that is who. Political correctness will be the downfall for all of us. And which direction do they normally lean?

  • Ivan Guerra

    What a shame to put such a nice kid in this type of situation. Anyone who knows Blair and his family knows that they are extraordinary people. I have known Blair and his family for several years and know that they are great members of the community. This situation could ruin someone’s reputation. This should not happen to such a nice kid. Blair is not a racist.

    • Bulling

      Doesn’t matter if he’s racist or not. That’s not the point. Even if he is, that’s no reason for the thought police to mete out punishment. The Principle needs fired for not promoting “diveerrrrsiiiiityyyyyy”

  • Shell

    This is ridiculous. Have you looked at any pictures posted be a teenager these days… they are all making some hand sign. Also, if he was a racist, his views and his right to express them would be protected. Calling someone a racist is as offensive as calling someone the “n” word, and is destructive to their reputation. I hope the win their case.

  • Ali

    I have known this principal for a long time as he was my assistant principal at Valley High School in my years there. The administration in a school quite larger than Marshalltown always seemed to be fair and always look out for our best interests as a community of students. They would take matters as racism seriously but only if it was a proven serious matter, not because of a picture. I hope they sue, but not for the reasons you might think. For one, this article was poorly written as it is completely biased on the matter. It offers no proof of either side as they refused to share the photo (and who knows what the captions or comments of the photo could have said) and for the fact the it is only what the mother is saying happened and what was said to her, though there is no proof of either. I am not saying that this young man is racist but I am also saying that this story lacks any facts whatsoever but clearly has a lot of opinion. Two, racist comments are not covered by basic laws or freedom of speech as schools have completely different rules about tolerance and respect. You break those rules they are very well within their rights to do what they see fit in the school environment such as suspending him from football. That is no one else’s decision but the administrations when it comes to violating school policy. I have lived in the Marshalltown community all my life and attended Valley High School and lived in Clive during the school year of all my high school years. I have a lot of great things to say about both places. But the only thing I have seen this principal do is bring a better education system into Marshalltown and make my younger friends feel more safe and accepted in the community they live in.

    • Charles

      “Two, racist comments are not covered by basic laws or freedom of speech as schools have completely different rules about tolerance and respect. You break those rules they are very well within their rights to do what they see fit in the school environment such as suspending him from football. That is no one else’s decision but the administrations when it comes to violating school policy.”
      Ummm no… racist comments cannot be censored by any government entity (and I assume this school is public, but I could be wrong). If, indeed the comments are “proven” racist then sure the person who said them should feel the shame from peers of those comments being exposed, but if the school punishes then that violates the 1st amendment. Public schools do not have the power to censor speech. It’s that simple.
      All we seem to know at the moment is the kid did something in a photo and received a suspension from football. Guilty until proven innocent. If the school cannot prove racism, then they must make the kid and his family whole again. How will they do that?
      You’re right though… the devil is in the “missing” details.

      • Ali

        Board of Education of Independent School District #92 of Pottawtomic County v. Earls.

        Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser.

        New Jersey v. T.L.O.

        Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier

        Engel v. Vitale

        Just a few popular cases in which the school has the right to suspend/punish based on the rules being broken or other classmates being offended by the act.

        And here’s a legal website specifically stating what is within rights for the school and student:

        http://education-law.lawyers.com/schools-law/school-discipline.html

        But I think many of us can all agree that the fact are just not there at this point.

      • baccusboy

        And a court will need to decide on whether the principal’s interoretation of “racist comments”was valid. Therein lies the overreach.

    • baccusboy

      And I grew up as a Marshalltown resident, and graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1989. This principal is guilty of horrible overreach, and needs to be removed… plain and simple. I encourage those left in Marshalltown (the town has been bleeding long-time residents for years) to stand up and vote out those who support this principal. Things need to be changed, and it should begin with those above this principal, who allowed him in there in the first place.

      • Ali

        Horrible over reach? You’re joking right? Read the website posted above your comment. He and the administration (because it’s not JUST him) are very well within his rights. Especially if it makes another student feel uncomfortable to be around the said student. These aren’t matters to be taken lightly and I believe this has been handled properly. To make someone feel harassed or uncomfortable in a place they should feel safe is worth more than missing out on three football games. Obviously no one knows the full story but if you do, please do enlighten us with your gracious “facts.”

      • baccusboy

        It is an overreach because it is destroying a child’s life, branding hin as a racist. What needs to be done here is for people to decide NOT to fund the new school initiative to rebuild the roundhouse. Donors need to begin pulling out, citing this racist principal.

      • Ali

        So it’s okay to call the principal racist yourself but for the principal to make claims of racism in his school is wrong? For people to not fund something that continues to help ALL students just because of one students or principals mistake is completely absurd. That would just show how petty and ignorant the people in this town are. Also it’s not going to ruin the kids life. It’s not the end of the damn world. It’s three football games if the turn out to be true and if they are true then there’s no chance of slander and libel against this students reputation as he made his reputation himself. It’s high school for god’s sake.

      • Ali

        That’s my point. I don’t not know the student personally and I don’t claim to. I have known the principal for many years though. I’m not saying this student is guilty of anything but if this something that has made others feel uncomfortable in the learning environment than it needs to be dealt with accordingly. It’s not something we can just excuse anymore. You can be suspended just by calling another homosexual or even non homosexual student gay. It doesn’t matter who you are or what race, offending those around you who deserve the same comfortable education you do is never okay, no matter what. This all could have been a joke, and he may be kidding when saying “white power” but even joking matters that are offensive are not something to lightly joke about. And if the accusations turn out to be true then three football games is hardly a punishment. But there are many details missing. No one will share the photos and the school has been instructed by their lawyer not to discuss the case. But in the article above, it seems they have done this all properly AND legally.

      • Jake Monnett

        I think we all need to agree that political correctness is the main problem here and in other similar cases. Over the years it has become a way of life to the point that most people don’t realize it when it happens. Political correctness is gradually ruining our country. People say, ” well that’s not true “.
        That’s because it has come on so gradually. God help us, but I believe this to be the case.

      • Jess

        so….if his class had been ASSIGNED black to wear that day, as they were ASSIGNED the color white, and the team was wearing black jerseys, and this White boy, yelled ‘black power’ would he have also been perceived as a racist and suspended from the football team?
        What if it was a black boy, dressed in black, yelling ‘black power’? we have a black student in our school who repeatedly tells the other kids, including the white one, she hates all white people. Apparently that is not racist or offensive since she is black as the teachers simply pretend they didn’t hear it. I have brought to our principal’s attention. He will not address it. I’m guessing if he did, there would be a huge group of blacks come out and slander him for being a racist.
        It appears only white people can be racist. It sounds to me like there is either a heck of a lot missing from this story, which is par for course with WHO, they like to put out just enough ‘information’ to spark a lot of arguments, or, someone has gone a little over board in attacking this kid.

    • JoeP

      Public School is child abuse. Yes, there needs to be more evidence but frankly, as a principal I’d be shocked if he wasn’t a leftist. You don’t become a principal without being “qualified.”

  • rose

    I am a student at mhs. This is false and the full story was not told. It had nothing to do with what he was wearing. Blair and friends would come to our volleyball games and yell white power and hold the “w” when in fact, no jerseys were white.

  • Terrell Thrift

    im sorry ali ur my family and all but obbiously ur old princeapal is a rasicst himself and his adminastration needs a good slap in the face. how us whering all white and making a west side hand sign racist? This would never happen at EMHS because mr.Kozak would never accuse obe of the students he cared for of somthing so dumb if anything like this would of happend there

    • Ali

      He does care for his students, very much so. There are missing details and as I said who knows what this student was saying or doing outside of “wearing white.” The facts aren’t there for either side but I know there’s more to the story. I went from 78 classmates to 780 in my transition to Valley and I can honestly say that the administration including him, truly cared about all of us and our best interests. It was always a welcome and comfortable environment for a big school. I’m sure this story was taken well out of context for what actually happened. Maybe the person above is telling the truth of them screaming white power at school events which would in fact be racist. And if his comments are making other students feel uncomfortable, even if it is just a joke, than that is serious matter not to be taken lightly. But as I said, the facts are not there.

      • Tim

        That’s a statement you cannot prove nor should be assumed. He may care about some of his students but he certainly picks and choses which ones those are. Being a former student during his first couple years at MHS I can honestly say I felt more like a target for a personal vendetta than a student he cared about. Call it biased if you will but it no more so than your 2 cents on the matter.

      • thesusansmithshow

        Ali, then by your statement that if he were shouting White Power at games or events that would be racist – then Mexicans who display the Mexican Flag at school during Cinco De Mayo would be racist too. It’s pure nonsense. One more attempt to intimidate and silence Caucasians.

    • Jess

      Yeah…I wouldn’t hold your breathe on that one…if he DID do that to a black student, there would be race riots on the school steps the next day and the principal would be fired quicker then he could blink an eye. Blacks can’t be racist, only white people…didn’t you know that? Even if 12 black guys beat up a white man, or woman, yelling ‘it’s kill whitey night’ that is NOT a racially provoked attack…just youth being youth.

  • Lori

    The school colors are red and blue, they always have been; no white in there whatsoever. I hope that the school really wouldn’t tolerate an entire class wearing all white for a day. The story is poorly written and I am sure there is more to it. It is unfortunate that the author didn’t take the time to investigate more into the story and only printed one side of it. It is disappointing coming from WHO news. Marshalltown is a highly diverse community with many different races and cultures and there are certainly gangs and pseudogangs at the high school. I agree with the right to freedom of speech but not if it harms others. Lets see where this goes.

      • Lori

        To Read Again-The article originally said the school colors were red, white and blue. I see they have amended the article and now there is no reference to this. That is why I clarified what the school colors were. I said that I found it hard to believe the school would endorse the junior class wearing all white for a day.
        Part of the bigger picture is that the article could have been a really great piece of journalism but the writer probably just called the parent and got one side of the story. Read rose’s comment.
        “Rural” Marshalltown is a melting pot of Hispanic, Burmese, African and about 20 other races.
        There are white supremacy groups in Iowa, as close as Ames. I’m not saying the boy is guilty or innocent but maybe some background on what’s really happening in rural Marshalltown. Go there and ask. Ask rose. Ask at the mall. the pool. The skate park. There is more to the story or the school would not have chosen to take the action they did.

      • Val

        As some one who went to and graduated from MHS, they did it similar during pride week, say freshman would be RED, Sophomore, blue, junior white. and Seniors a mix. etc
        And sorry but Marshalltown school system will never improve.

      • Tim

        Whether he was saying racist things or not making this about gangs is ridiculous. I spent 4 out of the last 5 year of my life there and there are NO GANGS . If you claim otherwise you are a complete fool and shouldn’t comment on anything ever again. The notion is idioc it’s Marshalltown for god sake. So let drop that argument right there.

      • Jess

        so, what’s wrong with asking a class to where a specific color, even if it does happen to be white? Its just a color. By saying you can’t believe a school would ever do that, you are making way more of it then they did. It’s no different then having each grade dress as if they are from a different decade except it’s easier to recognize a color.

    • Central Iowa Man

      Not entirely true. If you look at the away jersey’s for football the last time I checked they were white. Also the baseball team if I remember at one time had white jersey’s.

  • Listen up

    First off, who the heck throws up hand signs for the color shirt they are wearing…. that part right there is BS. All the people that has thrown up hand signs represents a gang, an affiliation or has a symbolic meaning. That “W” means something else and I wouldn’t be surprised that the Marshalltown staff had an idea of what it meant. Obviously, we haven’t heard the full story yet, but no kid has EVER thrown up a hand sign just because of the color shirt they are wearing at that time.

    • Mike Cee

      Agreed. I think there is more to this story than is being reported. It wouldn’t be the first time that parents claimed their child would never do something like that, when the child most certainly was guilty.

      The real story is if the student should be suspended for his views if they exist. If that’s the case, then a large percentage of the population of most public schools should be suspended.

    • Jess

      Really…..NO KID HAS EVER thrown up a hand sign that wasn’t race or gang related?? They wanted his class to wear white. Maybe he was ‘throwing up’ a ‘W’ for white and saying ‘white power’ because he thought the junior class had the most school spirit and was supporting tem all.

  • vivi

    It woulda been different if the W was for ‘westside’ ‘westcoast’ which could be linked to gang activity gang affiliation etc.. But THIS is uncalled for I hope they relook/analyze the situation because Mr. pomvisay knows better then this.

    • Justice

      Doug, despite you being a ‘cheesehead’, I have to agree with you about being prejudiced against stupid people in regards to political correctness. I will hold my judgement of you of being a cheesehead. :-)

    • No More Tea Bags

      Unfortunately when you have a huge section of our populous somehow brainwashed by the Reicht-wing FauxNews/WND viewers that racism has somehow evaporated in the good ol’ US of A, we won’t be “getting along”.
      Just read these m0ronic statements on here. NONE of these news channels, (5-8-13), here have any real journalism going on. Journalism costs money. These stations are all about the money.
      The point is that EVERYONE knows that you NEVER get the whole story, (let alone facts), from these half-@ss news sources, but look at the racists jumping on the “race card” bandwagon. The REAL racists always come out of the woodwork when they “think” they have something that might mean racism is just overblown. It’s called psychology friends. The ones that are the most guilty, (racist), will be the ones jumping out there screaming “RACECARD”, even when they know they don’t have anything close to the actual facts.

      • thesusansmithshow

        What you fail to realize is how the left wing extremists/Democrats have misused and abused the word Racist to the point it no longer has the effect it should have. That is the travesty. There are people of all colors, races and religions who may have hatred for a group of people around the world. The discrimination happening in the U.S.A. is the left wing Democratic machine who turns the most innocent thing into a race thing when it comes to a Caucasian but silent when cases like the “Beat Whitey Night” at the Iowa State Fair or the five black girls who held down, stripped naked and beat up a Caucasian girl while others watched and captured it on video – nay not a word about anti-white racism. For years black talk show hosts in California have been telling people about the illegal aliens murdering and burning out the black people so they can take over their neighborhoods, yet celebrity black activists are silent on the subject because Caucasians were not involved. No other President in the history of our country has fanned the flames of anti-white, anti-American hatred. What a shame. What a shame. Great progress by a nation has been retro’d to 1960′s because of one man who is half black became President.

      • Justice

        Try this, tea bag, stop drinking koolaid and stop watching propaganda on tv. Maybe then you could spread your wings and post something halfway intelligent.

  • thesusansmithshow

    I feel for the kid because it’s not really about him – Marshalltown was just looking for someone to be made an example of – intimidation for the rest of the town to not speak out against illegal immigration. The local administration had me police escorted out during their “Immigration Summit” back in 2007 after the Swift Company Raids because I opposed Sanctuary City havens for illegal aliens. Every official sitting at that head table didn’t like the questions I was asking because it went against the pro-illegal alien agenda. They made me an example to keep the rest of the towns people silent.

    • William Denison

      FYI Terry Branstad called in the State Patrol in the 80′s to help bust the union during a strike at Swifts in Marshalltown leading the way for the influx of illegals to be hired there for less money ,benefits and safe working conditions in the first place. The act helped unknown numbers of illegals find work and new lives in Marshalltown. Many of the union members left the company and city afterwards. Marshalltown actually lost several thousand native Marshalltown people who moved elsewhere. Marshalltown was changed forever thanks to Terry Branstad and the greed of those at Swifts at that time. I know, I was one of those workers.

    • No More Tea Bags

      You just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets kept believing anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie and manipulate you, but you fools still believe that they are actual telling the truth! THAT is what I call BIZARRO WORLD! Bwahahahahaha!
      I wish you actually had a show, love to come on and debate with you. I’d make you wish you were aborted.

  • No More Tea Bags

    EVERYONE knows that you NEVER get the whole story, (let alone facts), from these half-@ss news sources, but look at the racists jumping on the “race card” bandwagon. The REAL racists always come out of the woodwork when they “think” they have something that might mean racism is just overblown. It’s called psychology friends. The ones that are the most guilty, (racist), will be the ones jumping out there screaming “RACECARD”, even when they know they don’t have anything close to the actual facts.

      • No More Tea Bags

        I’d never take the credit for the TeaPartys predilection of the fine arts of tea-baggin. You won’t find any Dems with teabags hanging all in their faces. Just because folks like you make fools of yourself, (hence the name teabag), by calling yourself something that easily has a double entendre, you play the old “I’m rubber, your glue” yadda-yadda.
        Take that teabag and be proud of what you are. I’m sure you’ve “taken” plenty. Be at least as much man as you can be and be proud! Just don’t talk with your mouth full.

      • No More Tea Bags

        ALWAYS RIGHT?:
        Aaaaw… diddums take offense to my accurate description of his political/personal predilections? Tough t!tty said the kitty. I’m whiter than anyone you know Delbert. I’ve been there during TeaBag meetings listening to you f00ls, (particularly when you talk to each other in low voices when you think others aren’t listening). It’s nearly like the K K K meetings of the past, complete with talk of cross burning and hangings. Racist jokes and epitaphs that I’ve heard my whole life.
        So stop with the charade Always a Coward. Stand up and be free with your racism and fear that somehow it’s Caucasians that have been/are being oppressed. You can’t hide from, or lie too someone that lives amongst you. WE KNOW WHAT THE TEABUGGER PARTY REPRESENTS. You can duck and hide, proclaim your innocence of the obvious all you want.
        GROW A PAIR!

    • ALWAYS RIGHT

      NO MORE BRAIN CELLS you are obviously a real class act. Like most libtards you know you will lose any intelligent debate, and you are too ignorant and uninformed to understand what the Tea Party represents, so you resort to name calling like a 10 year old. You think you are witty and clever, but you’re really just a pathetic idiot.

      • No More Tea Bags

        ALWAYS RIGHT?:
        Aaaaw… diddums take offense to my accurate description of his political/personal predilections? Tough t!tty said the kitty. I’m whiter than anyone you know Delbert. I’ve been there during TeaBag meetings listening to you f00ls, (particularly when you talk to each other in low voices when you think others aren’t listening). It’s nearly like the K K K meetings of the past, complete with talk of cross burning and hangings. Racist jokes and epitaphs that I’ve heard my whole life.
        So stop with the charade Always a Coward. Stand up and be free with your racism and fear that somehow it’s Caucasians that have been/are being oppressed. You can’t hide from, or lie too someone that lives amongst you. WE KNOW WHAT THE TEABUGGER PARTY REPRESENTS. You can duck and hide, proclaim your innocence of the obvious all you want.
        GROW A PAIR!

    • Justice

      Ok, tea bag, let’s pretend that I am a racist…What color are you? I am sick of your BS posts. Frankly, one of my bests friends is a person of color. We never discuss race…You know why? Because neither of us even think of it. It is only left leaning racists like you that think of race.

      • No More Tea Bags

        Justice: (Blind, Deaf, Dumb)
        Yep, I’M “brainwashed”. :-D
        So you just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets kept believing anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie and manipulate you, but you fools still believe that they are actual telling the truth! THAT is what I call BIZARRO WORLD! Bwahahahahaha!

      • No More Tea Bags

        Crying “RACE CARD!” every time you fidiots get called out about being blatantly racist is just cowardous. I’m whiter than YOU are and I hear ALL the racist garbage from folks that will NEVER admit it because their COWARDS. It is NOT just a few, it’s a very large chunk of Caucasians. I have more respect for an admittedly outspoken racist than the person that is ashamed of what he/she is. Who is your black friend? Herman Cain? Now go peddle your papers…

      • Ali

        We don’t have the full story but if this kid did in fact post racist comments or offend people by his actions, missing three football games does not seem enough.

      • Johnny Cracker

        Because you don’t support freedom of speech the kid should be expelled? Even if he was displaying Racist™ “symbols” or engaging in Racist™ speech it doesn’t matter — he has the right to do so.

  • Doyle Murphy

    And of course no one answered the above comment about what would happen if a black, or other protected minority, made a racial comment or sign, like “black power”. Actually we don’t need an answer because we all know the answer.

  • Stan

    I think the principle is acting stupidly. I don’t see the racism in wearing all white, and making a “W” with his hands. But like too many in this day and age he thinks he needs to be PC! Being politically correct doesn’t do anything except make a person look apologetic, and lack the common sense to see through without judging!! And to “No more Tea Bags”, liberal is not a color or a race, like the Tea Bag party(movement) is not about color or race. When you say it does, just goes to show your ignorance. And Dude being from the south all my life you have no clue about the KKK. There is a good reason why they call the KKK the invisible empire. I am not a KKK, I don’t hate anyone, even you.

  • Haywood Jablomie

    If this was my son, an “apology” would not be sufficient. Liberals are always issuing insincere apologies for their actions. I’d accept nothing less than the firing of this hate-monger principal.

  • Mamacat

    I hope the parents sue, and I hope they win! The school TOLD the juniors to wear white, so he did; he was exuding some school pride. I feel so sorry for him believing that his educators actually care about his education. The principal should be reprimanded and have his pay suspended for the same length of time this teen has to sit out football games. And, the principal should have to make a public apology at a press conference. Plus, the principal should have to take diversification training because the only racist here is the principal.

  • Finbarr

    Federal law enforcement agencies have a dossier on gang symbols, gestures, hand signs and the like. Groups from all over the criminal and hate spectrum are included. The letter W hand gesture simply isn’t in that list.

  • Sarah R

    As somebody who has known Aiddy and his family for over 25 years, I believe that there must be much more to this story that the media is sharing. Something is huge is missing from this story. Never have I seen anything to indicate that he could ever be considered a racist. Something else has happened that the student’s family is not talking about for the situation to have escalated like this. Plus, from what I can understand, he wasn’t suspended from school; he was suspended for 3 ball games. Before running with a story that attacks an administrator who is obviously liked and respected by many (based on the award he received from the Governor earlier this year,) it would be wise to have the full story.

  • Ruppert

    I would give this family the same advice I give all families in similar situation: get a good attorney, and consider suing the he*** out of this school and district. People need to realize, that if we started suing the schools each time they mistreated our kids, that sooner or later they’d stop.

  • Rancher

    So being proud of being white is racist? I can see that. Brown pride and Black pride are obviously racist also. Equal protection under the law dictates that those movements are also prohibited. But of course they aren’t. Not that that even applies in this case but still what a double standard.

  • thesusansmithshow

    Where do you get the idea that conservatives think racism has evaporated? I’ve never heard anyone say that. I think our country was farther ahead in that area before Obama was elected president. That’s pretty much his claim to fame in the divide and hatred he has caused between the races – among all the other scandals. For instance racism against Caucasians is far more the case now than ever before thanks to a man who was elected because of his skin color instead of his policies or resume. I would vote for Allen West or Dr. Ben Carson not because of their color but because their policies and positions on the issues are in line with mine. Pretty simple really.

    • Jess

      I would agree 100% – Obama has made the racial tension much worse. When he ran the first time, many people openly stated they would vote for him because he was black. Isn’t that just as racist as saying you will not vote for him because he is black? Either way, you are judging him off of the color of his skin.
      I think it’s interesting how only white people can be racists. If a white man does something, it’s racist. If a black/brown/yellow person does it, it’s ‘staying true to their heritage’.

    • No More Tea Bags

      Wow… you are absolutely batsh!t crazy. THE reason racism has gotten worse is BECAUSE of RACISTS that can’t stand the fact he’s BLACK. The evidence of that is the whole BIRTHER garbage… but I suppose YOU are one of those mindless mor0ns too. Sorry. You have nothing to say to educated people.
      You just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets kept believing anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie and manipulate you, but you fools still believe that they are actual telling the truth! THAT is what I call BIZARRO WORLD! Bwahahahahaha!
      I wish you actually had a show, love to come on and debate with you. I’d make you wish you were aborted.

  • William "not in my town" Denison

    Hey dummy, East Germany does not exist. The wall came down long ago. Quit trying to put up a new one here. How does missing three football games for being stupid equivalent to the war crimes of Adolf Hitler?

  • Patricia Thompson

    WILLIAM “NOT IN MY TOWN” DENISON, How does wearing the color you were asked to wear, in this case white, and making a hand sign of a ‘w’ for white equate to missing 3 football games?

  • thesusansmithshow

    John, I know what you mean in referencing Hitler. You’re right. Hitler made criminals into anyone who didn’t see things his way. We are seeing the left wing extremist playbook at work here in this situation and unfortunately one that is becoming too familiar and too often across the country with their President Obama and his administration as a role mode. Citizens and legal immigrants should all be concerned for the future of our children/grandchildren.

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