CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Some Chesterfield County Public Schools dad and mom are elevating considerations over a prom-like occasion deliberate at Midlothian High School.
Some dad and mom informed 8News that the ‘promenade’ walk-through deliberate for Saturday night, is ‘culturally insensitive.’
“There are NO pandemic travel restrictions at the PROMenade! Visit Hollywood, Mexico, Kenya, Italy and Paris for delicious themed treats, gift cards, and giveaways (not to mention more great photo ops!)”
Midlothian High School Parent Teacher and Student Organization
According to a web-based sign-up sheet for the ‘Around the World’ theme, the highschool’s dad or mum, instructor and pupil group requested for a number of decorations. Among them are objects like animal masks, baskets, rain sticks and drums. The objects are supposed to characterize Kenya.
For Hawaii, Midlothian High School PTSO members requested for tiki torches. For Mexico, members requested for maracas.
The objects are inflicting alarm for some CCPS dad and mom. Tavorise Marks has a pupil that attends a faculty throughout the district and was shocked to listen to concerning the theme. He has additionally served on the Chesterfield County NAACP chapter for five years from 2015-2020.
Marks informed 8News, he acquired a number of telephone calls from disturbed dad and mom.
“Some were disgusted. Some were very concerned, and some wanted to seek some type of assistance in helping the school as well as the county guide and navigate these waters that we always seem to find ourselves back into,” mentioned Marks.
In a letter written to Midlothian High School’s Principal Shawn Abel and School Board members, Chesterfield NAACP Education Committee Chair Carrie Kahwajy defined her considerations.
“It is my understanding that my previous concerns were not addressed and met with defensive statements/ excuses that parents are “well-meaning.” The tone deaf nature of the promenade and requests for decorations like “face masks” from Kenya and “maracas” from Mexico is completely unacceptable. It was dropped at my consideration a dad or mum replied to the request for offering Mexican paper followers with “from Spain but could be from Mexico.” Instead of taking the chance to make this a teachable second, our Principal despatched out a request for drop offs by our college listserv this morning.”
According to the Midlothian High School PTSO’s Facebook web page, college students have been requested to join a time slot with a purpose to stroll throughout a ‘blue carpet.’
Marks believes there must be extra range and inclusion coaching inside Chesterfield County Public Schools and that there must be folks of shade additionally concerned in a lot of these choices.
“To ensure that every culture here in the county is appropriately celebrated and appreciated and not appropriated and disrespected,” mentioned Marks.
According to Kahwajy, Principal Abel despatched out an electronic mail response to those that wrote to him concerning the Midlothian promenade. 8News has reached out to Chesterfield County Public Schools for a remark.