NAACP, SPLC Looking into School Discipline

Meridian Public Schools will be the topic of conversation at a meeting taking place in Meridian on Monday evening.

The NAACP and Southern Poverty Law Center are hosting the meeting at EMEPA on Highway 39 North to discuss the severity of school discipline in the district. An attorney with the SPLC tells Newscenter 11 that students are being removed from school over minor offenses, therefore being deprived of their education.

"For all of those that are concerned about the children and families in Meridian who believe in this city's potential," SPLC attorney Shakti Belway says. "Those who would like to make things better or those who are concerned about the school discipline crisis and how children are being treated there, we encourage you to come out to this meeting."

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. on Monday at the EMEPA auditorium.


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  • by Wat Have We Started on Mar 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    First and foremost Lord we need you back in the schools but there are some who oppose this! I remember when I attended school in this district yes, we had issues fights drug bullys and many more but one things that has changed are that the power have been taken out of the teacher hands and place into the children they hollar then all _____ breaks out...no student should be mistreated but if you want respect they must first have respect for themselves.. I would challenge any parent of the 25-30 students parents per class to come in and have a full day without any teacher or assistant and then we shall see....if we can't contact some of you when needed who will show up...PTC can't get a full turnout but Ray Stadium can have a packed house! No child is perfect so never expect it, you were once a child too! Children amaze me how dramatic they can be.. need to be a Acting school! My mother stayed a call away she was very in to what i did in school as well as after.. I have kept this with mi kids they never know when I'm Coming!!! Yes every story has two sides but if you are around and involved with you kids you should know when its serious! How about all the schools and c/o meet with parents at Ray Stadium and talk on this issue...bet this will not happen!!
  • by Maurice on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:03 AM
    NAACP and SPLC are here to stir the pot of hatred. That's what they do best. Everyone knows who these trouble makers are. We see them every day and, every where we go. The parents are not involved in their lives and they live one step above animals. You cannot create a learning enviroment with disruption. If the leaders of the school system cannot control these children, and keep them in school, then they should be banned from the property, and let the justice system deal with them as the thugs they are.
  • by In reply to "old school" Location: Meridian on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    Read the grammar in your comment and maybe you will realize just how much you learned while you were in school!!! The teachers are not there to care about the student's home life.They are there to teach, or at least try to teach.It is parents like you that causes all the trouble that is going on in the school system.Try blaming yourself. It is your job to coddle and listen to your children with their petty complaints.When your children grow up and can't feed their family or buy clothes for them, just sit back and let the government take care of them. Is this what you want?
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      by huh on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to In reply to "old school"
      "OLD SCHOOL" ok....I guess you are upset...but I will pray for you...because you are sick......so answer this....why cant you just let me comment without hating....why cant you just say what you have to say and leave my thought alone....did I do anything to you on this site...NO, i was minding my own business.CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF HOW THE TEACHERS TODAY, DISRESPECT THE CHILDREN TODAY... for no apparent reason....i am being picked on.....this is the same thing that happens to children....everyday in the MPSD......smh......(you dont know me) dont judge me.....matter of fact....if God allows you to live out the week.......maybe you can apoligize, cause Karma is something serious.....when will Mississippi ever learn....it starts with US...THE ADULTS!
  • by Old School on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    When I was in school, my teacher cared about us...there was racism in the 70's but education was real...and children were taught. i went to school in the 70's-90' and my teachers were nothing like these new teachers now. I know because I work with them now...they are a new breed....they dont care about the children like my teachers did back then.. this new age teachers only care about material age wealth, not humanity and education and family and quality of life. all that being said....its just sad....i say, they need to just quit...and everyone should home school....send them home with no more paychecks....for good...school board, school board attorney and all the educators...then i bet they will say...i should have been a better teacher to those kids....when they can't feed their own, clothe their own, educate their own, or do anything to their own, or....we can just sit back and WATCH GOD WORK ON THEM!
  • by Winston Location: Meridian on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    Is it just me, or does it not seem obvious that if the student population is 82% black, then the rate of discipline for blacks would be higher than that for whites? Just what is the purpose of this investigation? What is the NAACP and SPLC trying to get started (again) in Mississippi?
  • by Just MY Opinion on Mar 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    How fabulous to see the same ol' same ol'. It's not about race and everyone, except for Mr. Jennings, seems to understand this.
  • by marie Location: meridian on Mar 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    If white people were complaining that they felt that their being targeted the fact of the metter is that this would be tooken to a whole nother level. I mean in order for them to understand how we feel should they become targeted either way blacks would be the blame. White people will "never" be wrong in the eyes of thier beholder because at the end of the day they make the rules so everything we have is basically a "privilege." After reading over some of these comments you can not force me to believe that racism is over. At the same time this is allowed on this website.
  • by Frmr Student repost Location: Meridian on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    FORMER MPSD STUDENT'S POST SAYS IT ALL: "I graduated with the class of 2009, and things got to the point that I loathed coming to class at MHS because of the fact that I knew that I could not go through one single day of classes that an instructor would not have to stop class and deal with a discipline problem....Meridian Public Schools discipline problems have sky rocketed!"
  • by Cindy Location: MS on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    I graduated from MHS, but it was not like this back in that day. What has happened? Why is the race card being played and the NAACP investigating it?
  • by Teacher Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
    Parents truly need to be held accountable for their children. However, how can you change the way parents raise their children. These students that are being suspended are being disciplined for a very good reason I am sure. I taught for a very short time in the meridian public school system. I have previously taught in Hattiesburg which did not compare to the discipline problems in meridian public schools. I was in complete shock. I was not prepared well enough to discipline the students so I had to resign. With that being said I also never got the chance to put in a good set of rules and procedures........ Because mct2 testing seemed to be all that mattered. These students need discipline before a teacher can do what they were trained to do...TEACH, not babysit. It is very sad and needs to be addressed. Until these children learn to behave they can NOT learn. So the problem is not teachers suspending students. The students and parents must take action together. Teachers do not have time to raise 23 children, only teach them what is required. I am a very caring person and do not like seeing children always getting in trouble, but its not the teachers problem. Find something better to complain about. Posted by: Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM

    I guess somebody forgot to tell them that the city of Meridian is broke, there isn't any money to be shaken down from them.
    students, it's the parents and child's responsibility to change their behavior and respect for others.
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