By: Krystle Crossman
At the request of a group of parents in Moss Point-Jackson County, Mississippi the NAACP has stepped in on a case at one of the local schools. The bus driver of bus 55 was accused of saying a racial slur to some children when they weren’t sitting down in their seats. He began to yell at them and hurl around the n-word which ended with two young girls in tears.
The elementary school children on the bus were taken aback by this kind of behavior. Unfortunately this is not the first time that it has been reported that this particular bus driver has said racial slurs to the black children who ride his bus. The bus company and the school said that there wasn’t much that they could do as they didn’t have video or audio proof of what the children are alleging happened that day. The parents were not happy and after they felt like they were being given the cold shoulder they called in the NAACP.
Curley H. Clark, president of the local chapter of the NAACP was the one to come in and help the parents and students. They state that this is happened all too often and the school doesn’t want to see to do anything about it. Once the NAACP stepped in the school stated that they would take the matter into consideration and look it over. They stated that Mr. Clark’s accusations of them giving the parents the cold shoulder was wrong and that they were doing what they could to help in the situation.
On top of having this particular incident looked into Clark is demanding that the bus driver in question is carefully scrutinized and that safety regulations for the students on the bus be looked over as well. He says that this happens all too often, and not just on this bus, but around the country. Racial slurs are being used far too much, especially in younger kids who really don’t comprehend the effect they can have when they are using it. The district will be looking at the reports from the parents that Clark collected to see if they can get things figured out.