Andre Pearson, the principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora, Colorado, recently sent a letter to parents that said an after-school tutoring program is only for students of color (video below).
According to CBS Denver, some parents are calling this discrimination and segregation.
“I was infuriated. I didn’t understand why they would include or exclude certain groups,” said parent Nicole Cox, who is white. “We have come so far in all of these years to show everybody that everyone is equal, that everyone should be treated equally … this is a form of bullying."
Pearson did contact Cox and left a voicemail: “This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs."
“I think what the answer is, is that [Pearson] made a mistake,” Tustin Amole with the Cherry Creek School District told CBS Denver. “We have had lots of students sign up for the tutoring. Many of them are white and we will be accepting all of them.”
A new letter will be going out to parents to clarify the error that was made.
Source: CBS Denver