‘BASELESS CLAIMS’: Tatum ISD responds to discriminatory accusations concerning dress code

‘BASELESS CLAIMS’: Tatum ISD responds to discriminatory accusations concerning dress code


3 NEW DETAILS TONIGHT…AFTER TATUM ISD PARENTS DEMANDED CHANGE…CLAIMING THE SCHOOLS DRESS CODE IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS. K-E-T-K’S MYE OWENS IS HERE TO TELL US…HOW THE SCHOOL BOARD AND PARENTS ARE TRYING TO FIND MIDDLE GROUND ON THIS CONTROVERSIAL 3 NEAL…TONIGHT THE TATUM I-S-D BOARD HELD A SPECIAL MEETING… TO ADDRESS WHAT SOME PARENTS SAY IS A RACIAL AND GENDER ISSUE…BUT THE OTHER HALF OF THE ROOM DISAGREES…SAYING IN THIS SMALL COMMUNITY…RACISM ISN’T A 3 TAKE: PKGUNTIL THE RULES ARE CHANGED.DURATION:2:03 Superintendent J.P. Richardson: “Claims have been made that Tatum ISD’s hair code is racially discriminatory.”THIS STATEMENT COMES JUST ONE WEEK…AFTER PARENTS SPOKE IN FRONT OF THE BOARD HOLDING SIGNS…DEMANDING CHANGE FOR BOYS WITH HAIR LIKE “KELLAN.” Randi Woodley: “tatum like every other town has its racism. I say that the dress code is very racist.”BACK IN AUGUST…”RANDI WOODLEY” POSTED ON FACEBOOK…OUTRAGED AFTER SHE CLAIMS SUPERINTENDENT J-P RICHARDSON GAVE HER THREE OPTIONS FOR HER SON’S HAIR. Randi Woodley: “I could either cut it, braid it, pin it up o rhave him to put on a dress and identify as transgender.”A STATEMENT THE SUPERINTENDENT RICHARD ADDRESSED. JP Richardson:”the District vehemently denies these claims.””Administrators are strictly prohibited from discussing matters involving specific students.””KIMBERY COX”… AND “RANDI WOODLEY” BELIEVE THEIR BOYS ARE VICTIMS OF A FLAW IN THE SCHOOLS DRESS CODE. THAT STATES CERTAIN HAIRSTYLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON MALE STUDENTS…AND HAIR SHOULDN’T GO PAST A T-SHIRT COLLAR.JP Richardson:”the District remains committed to providing an inclusive environment where all students are valued. The district is deeply concerned that the baseless claims being circulated at this time have cast doubt on that commitment.” BUT SOME PARENTS DISAGREE… STATING THE DRESS CODE IS NOT DIRECTED TOWARDS AFRICAN AMERICANS…BUT ARE JUST PART OF THE SCHOOL RULES.Mye Owens, @MyeOwensTV:”There are laws that some people may not agree with, yet have to follow. What would you say to people who think these boys should just follow the schools rules?” Kimbry cox:”IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR NOT BEING TREATED QUALLY CHJALLENGE IT.”RAMDI:”there have been rules since humanity there were rules that women didn’t have rights, women couldn’t vote, there were segregated bathrooms and until somebody spoke up those were rules.”however many were open to the idea of change.”wanted the board to undestarndthat maybe it’s time for change.” BOTH MOTHERS SAY THEY WILL NOT BE GIVING UP THEIR FIGHT UNTIL THE CHANGED. 3 Mye Owens:AS OF NOW…NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE TO THE SCHOOL’S DRESS CODE.MANY OF THOSE WHO SPOKE AT TONIGHT’S MEETING POINTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD STATING THEY WERE ELCETED BY THE COMMUNITY.AND ENCOURAGED THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE A CHANGE TO RUN FOR A POSITION IN THE NEXT ELECTION. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE TATUM I-S-D’S FULL STATEMENT…YOU CAN FIND IT ON OUR WEBSITE… EAST-TEXAS-MATTERS-DOT-COM. REPORTING LIVE IN STUDIO…MYE OWENS…K-E-T- 3 COMING UP IN SPORTS…A FEW IMPRESSIVE THREE-AND-OH TEAMS IN EAST TEXAS.THAT’S

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