A Game of “ KKK ” Detroit, Michigan By : Emily Goodman
<ul><li>Kyron Tryon was an eighth grader at Bullock Creek Middle School near Midland, Michigan . </li></ul><ul><li>Kyron Tyron was the only African American in his grade </li></ul>
<ul><li>In May 2003, seven white boys picked Kyron off of the ground . While doing this, the boys were chanting “ KKK ” </li></ul><ul><li>The boys then threw him back on the ground and started to kick him until the bell rang . </li></ul><ul><li>Later, when the white boys were questioned about what happened they replied, “ It was just a game of KKK ” </li></ul>
<ul><li>This is not the first time that Kyron has been discriminated against . </li></ul><ul><li>“ Kyron and his older siblings have been discriminated against many times before ” </li></ul><ul><li>His parents stood up for him and took action. </li></ul>
A Way to Help… <ul><li>Kyron ’ s parents were not at all happy with the way the school responded to the game of “ KKK ” </li></ul><ul><li>Kyron ’ s parents contacted the ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union) and then filed a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Over the past year, the Tyrons and the school district worked together to develop a plan to provide a better environment for students of color. </li></ul>
Thoughts On The Situation… <ul><li>I think the situation with Kyron was horrible </li></ul><ul><li>It was very racist and I never thought eighth grade boys would do such a horrible thing. </li></ul><ul><li>I was so shocked by this and could not believe it. </li></ul><ul><li>I think that the boys who did this to Kyron should definitely be expelled. I think that Kyron should go to counseling to talk to someone about this situation. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The principle of the school should talk to the entire district about racism and behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>" I just want the nightmare to be over and to go back to being a teenager, " said Kyron . " If what I experienced somehow ends up helping someone else, I will be happy ." </li></ul>
Work Cited <ul><li>“ Michigan School District Takes Action to Stop Racism After Black Student is Attacked in “KKK Game” American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) <http://www.aclu.org/studentsrights/discrim/12844prs20040519.html> </li></ul>
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