Springfield police are anticipated to present extra info on their investigation right into a racial incident at that occurred at one of many metropolis’s elementary colleges earlier this month.
Police Chief Allison Elliot is scheduled to give an update on an incident that occurred at Kenwood Elementary School Feb. 10 this afternoon.
Police had been referred to as to Kenwood Elementary on Feb. 13 about an incident that occurred throughout recess the earlier Friday, in accordance to an incident report obtained by way of a Information Middle 7 public data request.
As Information Middle 7 beforehand reported, police had been knowledgeable by the school’s principal that “a gaggle of Black students had gathered a number of white students on a selected spot of the playground and compelled them to state ‘Black Lives Matter’ in opposition to their will.”
Students who tried to keep away from the state of affairs had been “chased down and escorted, dragged, or carried to the playground,” the report alleges. The group of students additionally allegedly filmed the students who had been pressured to make the assertion.
One scholar was punched within the head by one of many suspects, the police report states.
Springfield police have questioned a number of juveniles within the incident, in accordance to the report.
Information Middle 7 spoke to Ryan Springer and Ashley Henthorne, dad and mom of one of many students who had been pressured to the bottom.
“I imply I’m offended as a dad or mum however I perceive they’re kids. It’s not okay to hate anyone due to their pores and skin colour, or their gender or sexual orientation, or something like that. No person needs to be hating anyone,” Springer mentioned.
Henthorne mentioned she was not notified of the incident when it occurred Friday, however observed a change in her 12-year-old son. When she was notified of what occurred Monday she mentioned the modifications she noticed in her son made sense.
“I saved asking him all weekend, are you OK? And he saved saying, ‘yeah, I’m simply drained’ After which after I received the cellphone name Monday about it, I used to be like, ‘that defined rather a lot.’” Henthrone mentioned.
In a earlier assertion to Information Middle 7, Springfield School District mentioned they’re “dedicated to offering our students with a protected studying setting, the place they appear ahead to attending daily.”
“The District is conscious of a state of affairs that occurred at Kenwood Elementary. We’re working carefully with the Springfield Police Division on this matter to be certain that we preserve that protected setting. As a result of that is now a police matter, no extra info is out there at this time,” a spokesperson mentioned.
We’ll update this story as we study extra.