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    The State of Black Youth in the United States

    According to Berthena Dorinvil, mother of the 6-year-old boy, the school officials’ conduct in this case, from the white teacher who initiated the complaint to the principal all the way to the superintendent of schools, has caused untold pain and suffering to her son and her family.

    Schools guilty of racist child abuse
    By Stevan Kirschbaum
    Published Feb 17, 2006 11:01 PM

    Brockton, Mass., a working-class suburb south of Boston, was the scene this February of a most vile case of racist child abuse and anti-immigrant harassment. On Jan. 30, Brockton Public Schools officials suspended a Haitian first grader from Joseph H. Downey Elementary School for the outrageous charge of “sexual harassment.”

    According to Berthena Dorinvil, mother of the 6-year-old boy, the school officials’ conduct in this case, from the white teacher who initiated the complaint to the principal all the way to the superintendent of schools, has caused untold pain and suffering to her son and her family.

    The Dorinvil child was playing with his classmates when a white female child touched him. He responded by touching the back of her shirt. When the girl complained to the teacher, the teacher accused the Dorinvil child of “sexual harassment” and proceeded to “punish” him. He was isolated in a corner and told him he must look down and not make eye contact with the other students.

    The teacher refused to allow the child to eat lunch with the other children and made him put his head down on his desk in the classroom while the other children were at lunch. With a number of teachers present, the little girl’s mother was allowed to yell at the boy and threaten him until he was in tears. Unlike the Dorinvils, the girl’s mother had been called immediately,

    At this point white adult administrators subjected the boy to repeated “questioning,” which included scolding and other frightening and abusive behavior. He was coerced into signing a statement without his parents present, or any advocate or lawyer. At the close of this racist frame-up “internal investigation,” the Brockton School District gave the child a three-day suspension and immediately called the Ply mouth District Attorney and School Police.

    Up until this point BPS failed to contact the Dorinvil family. When Berthena Dorinvil arrived, she found her son totally traumatized and sobbing uncontrollably.

    Berthena and her husband Phillip Dorin vil, a Boston School Bus Driver USWA 8751 union member, immediately launch ed a campaign to defend their son and fight this cruel injustice. The Dorinvils had the support of USWA 8751 and leaders of the Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee, including Boston City Coun cilor Chuck Turner, the Womens Fight back Network, and Bishop Filipe C. Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas and an anti-racist organizer from Brock ton. Together these forces have established a Committee for Justice for the Dorinvil Family. People’s lawyer John Pavlos represents the family legally.

    The family demanded that their son be transferred to another elementary school, away from the racist Downey School Administration. At first the BPS administration refused and issued statements attemp ting to justify its officials’ outrageous actions against the Dorinvil child. Cynthia E. McNally, the District spokeswoman stated, “This was done by the book. This was thoroughly investigated.”

    The local and national media has engaged in sensationalist frenzy. The Bos ton Herald’s front-page coverage showed photos of the family with the headline “Boy, 6, hit with sex harass rap.” Report ers continue to virtually stalk the family.

    On Feb. 9, as a result of an avalanche of national and local protest against this racist child abuse, BPS School Super intendent Buzz Nembirkow released a statement in which he said that the system made a private apology to the boy and his family. He granted the transfer request and promised to change the BPS sexual harassment policy.

    Tip of racist iceberg

    “This is an example of widespread racism in the Brockton Public Schools. It reveals one of many stories that minority communities in Brockton are telling us. No matter how much Brockton tries to deny it, this type of behavior exists in all its institutions,” said Bishop Teixeira.

    According to Rachel Nasca of the Women’s Fightback Network and the Rosa Parks Committee, “This case is only the most recent in a long and ugly history of the state’s racist use of sex charges. It brings to mind the notorious North Carolina ‘kissing case’of 1958, where two African-Ameri can children, aged 7 and 9, spent time in prison for allegedly kissing a white girl they were playing with. It took a long strug gle led by Black liberation fighter Robert F. Williams to win the boys’ freedom.”

    There is a deep history of racism in Brock ton schools-on a broad range of issues including desegregation, curriculum, disparate treatment in discipline, achievement gap, access to resources, etc. Berthena Dorinvil has stated that other families who have suffered from racism in BPS have contacted her.

    The Dorinvil Family and their supporters have stated that they will continue the fight for justice in this case. They are demanding:

    1. A full, fair and independent investigation led by the family, the African-American, Haitian, Cape Verdean, and Latin@ Com mun ities of Brockton, including educational, child-advocate, legal and school policy experts.

    2. Concrete and serious action to be taken against all those responsible, at every level for the racist child abuse.

    3. Full and fair restitution and compensation to the Dorinvil family for extreme hardships suffered, including possible treatment for their traumatized son.

    At the planning meeting, Berthena Dorinvil said, “I am fighting not only for my son but to assure that no other mother will have to suffer what I have suffered.”

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    well k west said they conceal it from the parentsto traumative the children. sounds like the south isstill fighting back. get immigrants and people whit hue to some extent not knowing the lawsand waysand they'll treat them like green horns meant to be slaves as second class and third rate. injustice of course human civil rights violated yes. the defacing of chartacter and defaming of caliber - kids know to some extent, this kid knew that hewas being singled though not why. looksl ike the non equals will stay seperate by no equality in preparations when intergration.
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    all parents need to take their children out of these schools and build a community where the children are protected and taught right knowledge

    until then, this will go on

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    there is an association of black independent schools that can be found online and how to start one for accredidation. i went to one for the first eight years of my life which my parents helped found and my nephew gose to one which is an extension offshot now. the one i went to was called pan-afrikan people for progressive education the offshot is afrikan childrens advance learning center. both are grounded in black pride respect for self and knowledge of self.
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