Cape Henlopen school leaders to meet with residents

Cape Henlopen school leaders to meet...

CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. - "Behavior is not something you just pick up. So it must be already bedded. I've seen more of this now in the last year. Its like its some breeding. Its just breeding and festering."

Louise Henry is just one of the community members in the Cape Henlopen school district  who believes enough is enough. 

Last week, the n-word was spray painted on a couple of district buses but folks say this is just one example of racist activity they say has been going on and now it's time for officials to step up. Cliffvon Howell is a community activist who is also a graduate of the district, he says leaders are staying silent and that's not right.

"Racism is not a spectator sport. Either you're actively working to stop racism or you condone it. There's no middle ground."

Both Howell and Henry say they know about similar activity in the district.  That includes an incident that happened last spring at Cape Henlopen High School according to Howell.

"The Caucasian children wrote the n-word in water on a lab table. The students wiped it up with a paper towel then wiped that on the black students face."

Community members say they can't believe this kind of thing is still happening right here in Delaware but they plan to meet with district officials at Friendship Baptist Church later on this week to get some tough questions answered. But Henry says racism in Sussex County has run rampant for decades.

"I hate to see this taking place in 2017. I went through it and I sure thought by this time we would be over it."

47 ABC reached out to the district  to ask about the incident at the high school and get their thoughts on the meeting, however no one responded. 

In the meantime, residents say they are hopeful something can be figured out.

Henry says its way past time for people to have a serious conversation and find a way to live together peacefully.

"I know we have to come together and talk because ain't nobody going anywhere."


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