An e-mail correspondence between Indianapolis Public School Superintendent Dr. Eugene White and Board Samantha Adair-White shows her more than two weeks ago asking for an investigation into the bullying of expelled gay student Darnell “Dynasty” Young and White emphatically telling her no.
In the e-mail, dated April 30, Samantha White requested the investigation following not only the bullying incident at Tech involving Young, but another incident at Northwest where a student was beaten.
White gave the following response…
Really!! An investigation….. really!! Your request is denied. The Board may make such a request and I will respond, but an individual Board Member’s request does not rise to the level of investigation in this matter. The fight of a group of girls at Northwest or at any school is not unusual in schools. Bullying is a nation-wide problem in schools, I am sure students had the same problems during your high school days in Detroit, and we have not had a disproportional number of such concerns. In addition, on Friday of last week I met with all secondary school principals, vice principals, assistant principals, deans, academic deans, campus monitors, and others responsible for discipline in our secondary schools to clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities for the last weeks of the school year. We won’t tolerate misbehavior on the part of students nor failure to act on the part of administrators. There is no need for an investigation at this time, but if one becomes necessary we will get it done. Thank you for your concern in this matter.
The school board voted Tuesday night, 4-2, to hire an outside agency to determine whether Young’s civil rights were violated.