Westport high school students stand against racism during morning protest

The protests follow a Feb. 15 school board meeting where parents said Black and brown children were harassed by some of their peers.

Emily Knapton and

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2024, 5:26 PM

Updated 56 days ago

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Some Westport high school students and parents held a protest Tuesday morning before classes at Staples High School following allegations of racism in the school.
The protests follow a Feb. 15 school board meeting where parents said Black and brown children were harassed by some of their peers.
Dr. Carol Felder and her husband, Richard Anderson, said students at Staples High School hurled racist comments at their child.
"Our children have been called monkeys, and worse has happened to them," said Felder.
The parents also said their other child is receiving a similar treatment at Bedford Middle School.
Westport School District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Scarice released a statement to News 12 following the Feb. 15 meeting saying:
"Let me be clear: we do not tolerate racism and other forms of hate in our schools. When we learn that a student has been targeted based on their identity, we first take steps to ensure that the student is safe and supported. Following an investigation, we take swift, decisive action and those responsible are held accountable."
Town officials will meet later in the day to discuss plans to change the town's code of conduct.
Westport school board's policy committee says they will consider revisions to the policy.
They say changes will then need to be taken up by the full board at a later meeting.


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