POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10:46am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10:47am
City councilwoman accuses school system of racial segregation.
A city councilwoman and veteran teacher says classes are being racially segregated in Troy.
This is the letter Dejerilyn King Henderson sent to elected officials...the Troy city school system... and the U-S Department Of Justice.
She Says in her 33 years at Troy Elementary School... she taught several classrooms with only African-American children.
"And I questioned it several times, and I was told by the administration that the reason that no white children or caucasian in my classrooms was because parents made requests. If the white parents didn't request me, they were not going to put white children in my classroom."
City school superintendent Lee Hicks says the policy isn't about race... but about parental choice.
"Parents want to feel like their students are with some of their friends, but, again, this is not just for one group or another group. This is open to all classrooms."
And he says the school system is fully integrated.
"We have African-American, caucasian students together, as well as Hispanic and you name it, and to me, that's what the world is about, is everybody working together."
Former Troy city school students are split.
"You'll open the door and you'll see a speckle of color, literally a speckle of color, you might see one here or one there, then you'll go over here, see maybe a speckle of white, so it's like literally separated."
"Not in my experience. I mean, I played football with a lot of black people, baseball with some black people, different races, I didn't feel like there was a problem when I was there."