BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan (FOX 2) – It’s been an intense two weeks for Cedric McCarrall and his 15-year-old daughter at Bloomfield Hills High School – a sophomore and leader of the Detroit Youth Choir. His happy, stifled mind.
“She said ‘Why is all this happening, I don’t understand why this is happening – I’m a good person,” said McCarrall. “For me, seeing my daughter waking up with a cold sweat, saying she had dreamed that ‘White men were chasing me… they were trying to kill me.'”
Cedric and his lawyer Leonard Mungo filed a $ 150 million lawsuit against the school, the principal and the district superintendent, saying they had not done enough to stop the racism.
Students demonstrated after the discovery of racist graffiti in the school on two occasions, reported by the same student. Both had similar threats – saying “Kill everything (racial insult)” written on the bathroom wall.
“I haven’t seen those kind of crass and blatant expressions of racial hatred as killing children because of their race,” Mungo said.
The heat is on the neighborhood asking for things to cool down, choosing to do virtual learning rather than in person during the days leading up to the Thanksgiving vacation.
In response to these recent issues, the district sent letters to parents, organized training for staff, and held a community meeting to discuss race issues.
But Mungo says there are repeated incidents of racist behavior – like a black doll hanging in a common area at school.
“You can’t threaten people’s lives and then get a slap on the wrist – we’ve seen this time and time again in America,” McCarrall said.
They will change this trial – so that if and when someone is found responsible for making these threats, they will come after them and their families.
A spokesperson for Bloomfield Hills High School released this statement:
“Bloomfield Hills High School switched to asynchronous learning for our students on Monday November 22 and Tuesday November 23, following racist threats last week.
“This transition has allowed the district and building administration to come together with high school staff for professional development and open dialogue about recent incidents at the school. the greatest challenges of the District.
“Our work, along with continued reflection, rest and healing, will continue tomorrow, as our teachers prepare to return to their classrooms with students next week. We’ll also review additional Learning for Justice materials and resources on recognizing bias in the classroom. We know that the District will come out stronger and better as a result of these conversations, undeterred by its commitment to all students and facilitating a safe and supportive school environment for every student. “
Photo of one of the racist graffiti posts found at Bloomfield Hills HS.