President Obama didn’t dare mention the situation at Richmond, Virginia’s Martin Luther King Middle School during his oh-so-eloquent Selma speech last Saturday. The mess at MLK is being played out in majority-black schools across the country.
On March 6, an NBC affiliate reported that MLK, a school with 731 students and 99% black, had 1,635 disorderly incidents in 2014. The kicker? The $40-million state-of-the-art middle school opened in January of the same year.
The writing was on the wall in May 2014, when teachers at MLK wrote an extensive e-mail to a local TV station saying they feared for their lives. Teachers claimed that the school was not safe for teachers or students and that administrators were turning a blind eye to their concerns.