ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WJBK) - New allegations of racial discrimination at Royal Oak Middle School
Now the ACLU is getting involved over comments a teacher allegedly made during class one week after video of Royal Oak Middle School students chanting "build the wall" went viral, now explosive allegations from the ACLU.
In a letter to the school superintendent, the civil rights organization say it has heard of allegations that students have used racial slurs including the n-word and an allegation that a teacher directed an African-American student to demonstrate for the class "how slaves danced for their masters."
"There was an incident, it is not as characterized in that allegation," said Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Royal Oak School superintendent. "I am not going into the specifics of those allegations. I had a conversation today with the person who sent that letter to us and I addressed their concerns. And I believe the ACLU will speak positively of that conversation with you."
Alicia Ramon's daughter shot the build the wall video that went viral. As far as these latest allegations go.
"I think they're absolute horrific," said Ramon.
Royal Oak school officials assuring FOX 2 that all incidents and allegations are being investigated and disciplinary action will be taken, if it deemed necessary.
"I'm not going to discuss individual personnel issues with you," Lakin said. "We are responding."
"I'm hopeful and we are holding the district accountable," Ramon said. "We are working with the district to ensure that not only this incident occurs (again) but future ongoing incidents - should they, stop as well."
An ACLU spokesperson told FOX 2 through text message that it is working closely with the district, parents and experts to "change the climate" at Royal Oak Middle School.