Parent’s last resort
I am reaching out to you as a last resort to bring to light the absolute failure on the part of Easley Elementary School in Durham and the Durham Public Schools district to protect minority children from racial comments made after Election Day by other students.
On Nov. 9 while at school, my 6-year-old daughter who is of mixed raced was approached by a classmate who told her something to the effect that Trump will be sending all “brown” kids to Mexico without their parents. A soon as my wife and I found out about this event, we wrote an email to the corresponding teacher and the principal, asking for the situation to be rectified. On Nov. 10 the teacher responded back, telling us that bullying was not tolerated in the classroom, however no other action was taken.
On Nov. 18 a second email was written to both the teacher and the principal, expressing our outrage for the lack of communication and actions taken by the school, despite reports of similar incidents across the school district, the state and the country. To this date Easley elementary has not even acknowledged that they have received our emails.
Response from Durham Public Schools: Easley Elementary’s principal has corresponded with Mr. Leon since he submitted his letter to the editor; his second email to us was inadvertently caught in junk email filters. We addressed his concern with the offending student immediately upon learning about it but should have shared more promptly with Mr. Leon how it was resolved.
Easley Elementary and Durham Public Schools are committed to fostering inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance among our students and staff. Our schools must be places where all students, staff and families feel safe and comfortable, and know they are cared for and supported. Whenever students make insensitive or inappropriate comments we let them know that the behavior is not acceptable, assign appropriate consequences and help them understand how such comments are at odds with our school values. We also let students know that any time another child (or adult) makes them feel uncomfortable or unvalued they should always tell a teacher or school administrator.
Police statement on protest
Editor’s note: The Durham Police Department released this statement regarding the Nov. 29 minimum wage increase protest in which 54 people were arrested.
Prior to the minimum wage increase protest of Nov. 29, event organizers and the Durham Police Department were in regular communication in an effort to understand and, to the extent reasonably possible, satisfy all parties’ expectations. The organizers clearly indicated that some participants anticipated being arrested in furtherance of their cause. Discussions occurred in advance to facilitate an orderly process for this to occur.
During the event, some officers, as a matter of routine preparation, donned standard personal protective equipment (PPE) gas masks. Such equipment is solely to address any potential safety concerns that may occur; however, the Durham Police Department recognizes that some members of the public may find its use to be an overreaction.
In an effort to be sensitive to the concerns of the community, the Durham Police Department will closely monitor the appropriate use of such equipment, and continue to evaluate its practices when responding to similar events to best address the concerns of the public and the safety of all involved.
Durham Police Department
Congratulations Dr. Roland
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority extends congratulations to Dr. E. Joyce Roland for her recognition as Distinguished Alumni of Winston-Salem State University. Dr. Roland, a member of the Class of 1961 of WSSU, retired in 2012 from the N.C. Central University Department of Nursing, and has devoted her life to health and humanitarian causes through nursing, teaching and training nurses, research, and medical and cultural collaborative publications.
In 2015, Dr. Roland, a Delta Dear, published an anthology about her 50-plus years in nursing which began at WSSU in 1957. She chronicled the 50 years of seven of her classmates as well as herself, in her book, “As We Go Forth: Reflections of WSSU Nursing Trailblazers – Class of 1961."
Dr. Roland especially enjoys sharing information about the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health of women. She is a teacher, researcher, and writer, focusing specifically on Mental Health and Wellness Management. Socially, Dr. Roland enjoys sharing African-American folktales via storytelling and addressing health genealogy (health problems that run in families), as well as healthy lifestyles for seniors.
Dr. Roland is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Seton Hall University, and N.C. State University. She and her husband live in Durham. Dr. Roland is a member of the Professional Woman Network, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Central Carolina Black Nurses Association, and a member of St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill, where she sings in the choir, and serves on the Health Committee. In the community, she has served as support group facilitator for survivors of breast cancer at Lincoln Community Health Center.
Deborah J. Taylor
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Light rail numbers don’t work
The headline of a recent guest column by Orange County elected leader says “We have come too far to give up on light rail now” (DN, Dec. 4)
Inertia is NEVER a sound reason for continuing a project. Ever.
If anything has put “years of careful planning in jeopardy” it’s that the underlying assumptions of said planning have changed. Dramatically. As in Financials.
I know of no public infrastructure project that has come in ahead of schedule and under budget. This one hasn’t even started yet, and costs are rising as fast as sources are shrinking.
Regardless of the pluses and minuses of the original concept, the numbers no longer work, and will likely work less going forward. The years of careful planning have been overrun by current realities. Game over.
The transportation and traffic problems will still exist, and still need to be addressed. Progress has been made in other areas with more appropriate measures. DOLRT, however, is continuing on a path of rapidly diminishing value. The sooner we refocus on alternative solutions, the sooner we’ll have a solution.
If you can’t afford it you don’t do it, and the elected officials that cannot face this reality and move forward swiftly and creatively will not get my vote in the future.
On the Durham recount
Editor’s note: Several readers responded to our story after Monday’s recount of ballots in the governor’s race showed six more votes for Roy Cooper and an unchanged total for Gov. Pat McCrory (See story at http://nando.com/4by)
Frank Voce: On the results: Duh. No one sane expected any significant change. Now send the bill to Pat and make him pay for the recount.
Jim Watts: (Lawyer Thomas) Stark still won't give up on the illegal voters claim. Give it a rest, man. Most of the county election boards are GOP controlled. How much could there possibly be?
Lee Mortimer: It is an outrage that Durham County taxpayers are stuck with the bill for this charade. By conceding well before the recount result was known, McCrory admits that he knew there was no chance of changing the outcome or even the vote total. He wanted to get the concession out of the way before the recount result exposed the scam he was perpetrating on the voters and taxpayers. There ought to be some way his campaign can be made to pay this cost.