Douglas, GA - Coffee County NAACP Branch has been attending the Coffee County School board monthly meetings for the past four months. The school board and superintendent of the schools have been listening to our speakers, but have failed to respond to us, to the parents, and to the community on issues of concern. "This type of behavior is unacceptable and must be dealt with. Our students, parents, and community -- as taxpayers, should receive a response and a solution on the discriminatory conduct that is being exhibited by Coffee County School System," said Tabitha Paulk, Georgia NAACP Education Chair.
On August 24, 2020, three African-American students were interrogated several times by Chief Chris Elrod, Coffee County School System Director of Police . These students were interrogated at their homes and also at school without parent permission or consent. They were threatened with being sent to the Youth Detention Center and jail if they did not confess to the crime that they did not commit. The students were traumatized from this event. They were kicked off of the football team and the school bus without prior to investigation. "These students were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and was embossed and shamed by the Coffee County School System. This type of behavior exemplifies the school-to-prison pipeline which exists across America. The tension that is in our country today is too great to be bring wrongful judgement against innocent children."
WE call for the immediate resignation of Morris Leis, Coffee County School System Superintendent
WE call for the immediate resignation of Kim Clayton, Coffee County School System Director of Personnel
WE call for the immediate resignation of Chief Chris Elrod, Coffee County School System Director of Police
WE demand an accurate police report and statement from the officers or anyone involved in the interrogation process.
WE demand all videos pertaining to the interrogation process or with the incident that take place with the spray painting.
WE demand criminal actions to be brought against the student or students that were involved in with the damages to the school property.
WE demand a public apology from the Coffee County School System and anyone that was involved in the process with this wrongful action. They must apologies to the students, parents, and community for their racist actions.
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 5:00 P.M.
Coffee County School District
1311 South Peterson Ave, Douglas, GA 31533
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