LADUE, MO (KTVI) – A racially charged incident ignited feelings of anger and disgust Tuesday night at a Ladue School Board meeting. It seemed most people agreed on one thing: there’s much work to be done to change things.
Melanie Hancock graduated from Ladue schools in the 1980s. She is upset by what has happened.
“I’m outraged, I’m saddened, I’m disgusted,” she said.
Alumni, students, teachers, and parents filled the library at Ladue Horton Watkins High School after an incident last week. Officials said students on a bus on Thursday chanted “Trump, Trump, Trump” and when African-American students boarded, they told them to sit in the back.
The district said the offenders were punished.
“Tolerance and understanding apply to all aspects of who we are and how we behave with one another,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said.
While the board heard from several people, two of the most powerful speakers were Tango Walker Jackson and her 15-year-old daughter, who was on that bus that day.
“This is not an isolated incident. This is the fifth racially charged incident with my daughter since the beginning of the school year,” Walker Jackson said.
Tajah Walker, Tango Walker Jackson’s daughter, added, “I will not be mistreated and I will not let my friends be mistreated; white, black, or anything … I will not be ashamed of my race.”
School officials said they plan to work hard and with outside organizations to put a halt to intolerance in the district.
“There is continued work to be done and we do know challenges lie ahead but now is our opportunity to bridge these issues,” said Principal Brian Griffith.
People in the audience said they want more than words; they want actions and now.