On October 26, 2018, multiple Kenwood High School students in Baltimore, Maryland physically attacked a fellow classmate for wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag on it.
A video of the brawl, wherein a mob of students are seen assaulting a classmate as a teacher unsuccessfully tries to break up the mayhem, can be seen here.
A Kenwood parent posted a photo on Facebook of the student who was attacked, with this comment:
“My 10th grader sent me this picture! I would like to know what happened to dress code and school rules?? Why would someone be allowed to wear this to school and not be told to change it? Just horrible.”
According to witnesses in the school, the male student was brutally attacked while sitting in a ninth grade classroom solely for wearing the shirt:
- Student Alex Wilkinson, who was in an adjacent classroom from where the fight initially broke out before it poured into the hallway, said: “The people were just randomly seeing the guy and hearing about him wearing a shirt like that, and when they saw him, they decided to be rash about it. I definitely saw just a bunch of people just screaming at him from really up close.” Alex’s mother, Nicole Wilkinson, said: “I understand that it’s a controversial item. As a historian, I’d like to keep it in our history, of course, naturally. You know, it was just inappropriate for him to be wearing it in school.”
- Tra’shaw Holmes, another student, said: “He was minding his business, honestly. They had no right touching him.” But Holmes’ mother objects to the t-shirt: “Why would his parents let him wear it — from the jump, knowing it was going to lead to something crazy? Knowing what’s going on in this world?”
School officials confirmed to WBFF Fox 45 that “there was a fight of some sort” in the classroom, but declined to comment further.
Source: Daily Wire
Kenwood High School is a 9-12 grade public school with 1,629 students: 53% White; 36% Black; 5% Hispanic; 56% from low-income families.
This school is rated below average in school quality compared to other schools in the state. Students here perform below average on state tests, have below average college readiness measures, and this school has below average results in how well it’s serving disadvantaged students. Large disparities in suspension rates exist at this school, which is concerning.
Its students are below state average on all performance indicators:
- A graduation rate of 86% (state average is 87%).
- AP course participation rate of 14% (state average is 27%).
- 30% of its students passing 1 or more AP exams (state average is 63%).
- 28% of its students are proficient in English (state average is 44%).
- 3% of its students are proficient in Algebra (state average is 36%).
The school’s students per teacher ratio of 14:1 is the same as the state average, but the school’s students per counselor ratio of 331:1 is much better than the state average of 429:1.
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