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Black students ordered to give up seats to whites

I wasn't sure it this had been posted already, but I was literally shocked by this article. I thought this was abolished in the 60s. I'm trying to think of a valid reason that these kids were relegated to the back of the bus, but I can't.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/...0332/1002/NEWS

Black students ordered to give up seats to whites
Status of Red River Parish bus driver is unknown


By Vickie Welborn
vwelborn@gannett.com

COUSHATTA -- Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children.

The situation has outraged relatives of the black children who have filed a complaint with school officials.

Superintendent Kay Easley will meet with the family members in her office this morning.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also is considering filing a formal charge with the U.S. Department of Justice. NAACP District Vice President James Panell, of Shreveport, said he would apprise Justice attorneys of the situation this week. He's considering asking for an investigation into the bus incident and other aspects of the school system's operations, including pupil-teacher ratio as it relates to the numbers of white and black children, along with a breakdown of the numbers of black and white teachers employed.

"If the smoke is there, then there's probably fire somewhere else," Panell said in a phone interview from New Orleans. "At this point, it is extremely alarming. We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?"

Easley would not comment much on the allegations Wednesday, saying it is a personnel issue. She acknowledged that she has investigated the claim. And she confirmed that the bus driver did not run her route Wednesday, nor would she today.

Asked if the driver would work for the rest of the year, Easley said, "I'm not going to answer the questions. "» You're getting all that you're going to get from me. I'm sorry."

Red River Elementary School Principal Jamie Lawrence tried to rectify the seating situation when it was brought to her attention. But it was ultimately handled at the Central Office, Patricia Sessoms said.

Sessoms aunt, Iva Richmond, is the mother of two of the children, ages 14 and 15, and foster parent to three others, ages 5, 6 and 10. Janice Williams, who is the mother of the other four children, is Richmond's neighbor. All nine children catch the bus at a stop on Ashland Road.

Sessoms will join Richmond and Williams in their meeting with Easley today. Sessoms said they would ask for bus driver Delores Davis' immediate termination. Davis, who originates her bus route in Martin, has called Richmond to apologize, Sessoms said. A message left on Davis' answering machine late Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

After Richmond and Williams filed complaints with the School Board, Transportation Supervisor Jerry Carlisle asked Davis to make seat assignments for her passengers, Sessoms said.

"But she still assigned the black children to the back of the bus," she added.

And the nine children had to share only two seats, meaning the older children had to hold the younger ones in their laps.

A new solution reached Monday by School Board officials has a black bus driver driving across town to pick up the nine black children.

"I think the whole school system needs to be reviewed in Red River Parish," Sessoms said.

Sessoms, who has two children at Red River Elementary, said she has no problems with her bus driver. "I have a wonderful bus driver," she added. Sessoms' request to have her young children sit near the front because of their ages was granted.

School Board member Gene Longino said Wednesday evening that he had not heard about the situation involving the nine children.

"I don't know anything about that. "» Until something formally comes to the School Board members through the superintendent, we don't know the details," Longino said.

School Board President Ricky Cannon was at work Wednesday evening and unavailable for comment. Board member J.B. McElwee also was not at home. Calls to the homes of Cleve Miller, Kassandria Wells White, Karen Womack and Jessie Webber were not answered

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 2006, 04:08 AM
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Back to the back of the bus again?
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Why does society go back to the middle ages. skin is a color why does it matter if your black or white i just dont get some people!

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Well, working on the idea that the intial reports are accurate ....

In all likelihood, this is just one person living out a white supremacist fantasy. That isn't to that there aren't other instances of racial bias in the district, but assigning nine children to two seats, based on race, is too blatant for even the most ardent white supremacist, or racial seperatist, with any brains.

And since the bus driver actually assigned the seats, she hasn't much of a defense. And as soon as the word 'lawsuit' is mentioned, the school district is going to 'throw the driver under the bus', so to speak.

Am I shocked? Not really. Not when Republican presidential candidates make regular pilgrimages to Bob Jones University, specifically because the school bans inter-racial dating. The only people who think white supremacy isn't alive and well in the USA are those with a real commitment to blindness.

But this ... this is as much stupidity as racial seperatism.

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Yeah it's hard to imagine someone is that stupid on top of racist.

I won't be shocked that in the investigation it will be found that the school district has a very deep ingrained institutional racism in every fiber.

I don't know how many times businesses and institutions have to be caught in these situations before people realize as much as things change they stay the same as well. *sigh*
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Either that is out of context, or just stupid.
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If this woman is truly racist (and it wasn't because of that woman's young kids needing to sit up the front) then she is a complete dingbat

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Either that is out of context, or just stupid.
I am beginning to think it must be out of context. Else, it is hard to believe that
a bus driver for mixed race school would do this
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If this woman is truly racist (and it wasn't because of that woman's young kids needing to sit up the front) then she is a complete dingbat
where in the article does it say anything about young children needing to sit up front?

leaving the racial part of it out the driver needs to be fired for making kids sit in other kids laps on a school bus, how safe is that?
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where in the article does it say anything about young children needing to sit up front?

leaving the racial part of it out the driver needs to be fired for making kids sit in other kids laps on a school bus, how safe is that?

Sorry I think I read it wrong. I was referring to the paragraph about the woman who was happy with her driver because her children were young and needed to sit up the front, referring to another bus I guess.

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Yeah it's hard to imagine someone is that stupid on top of racist.

I won't be shocked that in the investigation it will be found that the school district has a very deep ingrained institutional racism in every fiber.

I don't know how many times businesses and institutions have to be caught in these situations before people realize as much as things change they stay the same as well. *sigh*
I agree. We know some places in Louisiana and Georgia had segregated dances until 2 years ago.
I'm starting to wonder if many places in Louisiana still have separated but equal ideologies still ingrained through most of their society.
Things are not going to be changed unless someone speaks out.
It makes me wonder if Katrina was more a state issue than a federal one now.

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I agree. We know some places in Louisiana and Georgia had segregated dances until 2 years ago.
I'm starting to wonder if many places in Louisiana still have separated but equal ideologies still ingrained through most of their society.
Things are not going to be changed unless someone speaks out.
It makes me wonder if Katrina was more a state issue than a federal one now.
When the hurricane flipped that rock over, all the vermin were exposed.

Is it my imagination or did Hurricane Katrina open the world's eye to the truth of the south? It seems like every time I hear a report about that and surround areas, it's always about race. Must have been the best kept secret in America.

Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if this bus driver received orders from her superiors to separate the children this way. There's something about the atmosphere of the article that suggest just that very thing. These poor kids are made to feel inferior just so that the others could feel superior.
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Yeah it's hard to imagine someone is that stupid on top of racist.

I won't be shocked that in the investigation it will be found that the school district has a very deep ingrained institutional racism in every fiber.

I don't know how many times businesses and institutions have to be caught in these situations before people realize as much as things change they stay the same as well. *sigh*
LOL I was thinking the same damn thing. Racism is one thing but what is really scary is how that moron got a license to drive a bus to begin with.
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When the hurricane flipped that rock over, all the vermin were exposed.

Is it my imagination or did Hurricane Katrina open the world's eye to the truth of the south? It seems like every time I hear a report about that and surround areas, it's always about race. Must have been the best kept secret in America.

Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if this bus driver received orders from her superiors to separate the children this way. There's something about the atmosphere of the article that suggest just that very thing. These poor kids are made to feel inferior just so that the others could feel superior.
DISGUSTING!!
yep i have to agree

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