The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance hosted a community meeting to respond to reports of racism at Grand Haven High School. (March 26, 2013)
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A series of alleged racial incidents at Grand Haven High School sparked a heated community debate Tuesday night over school policies. The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance hosted the event which was meant to answer questions and concerns.
Community members, parents, and students had a chance to speak directly to school leaders. Some questioned why it's taken the district so long to respond.
"Why has this been going on for months, why is this auditorium so empty? I don't understand," said one community member.
"I don't even want to tell people that this is my school, I'm so disappointed that my classmates have done this to that poor girl," a student shared.
"If this is what it takes for us to have conversations, if this is what it takes for us to get emotional, if this, if this is what it takes for us to get involved, I'm glad it happened," said another community member.
Some community members called for stricter punishments for racial incidents. One woman asked for a zero tolerance policy, where students involved would automatically face expulsion.