Bridgeport police add extra security at Fairchild Wheeler School
Police say they have added extra security at Fairchild Wheeler School Friday because of the presidential election.
Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez says he decided to increase patrols at the school after "White Power" messages began circulating among students on Snapchat following the presidential election.
Fairchild Wheeler School student Tiana Krause says she felt unsafe at the school while her classmates were spreading hateful messages.
"I feel that targeting students such as myself because I'm half African-American, it's intimidating and it makes me feel that I'm not safe at school," she says.
Krause says she was initially threatened with expulsion when she decided to protest these messages by organizing a student walk-out.
Interim School Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz says she met with Krause and decided to let her organize special general assemblies designed to encourage an atmosphere of acceptance and unity at the school.
"This was a big turning point so that we could show administration is here to support our students, they do care, that our voice is being heard," Krause says.
Rabinowitz says she is "very proud of Krause for turning an ugly situation into a rare opportunity to bring people together in a spirit of openness, dignity and transparency."