LADUE (KMOX) – The St. Louis County NAACP is now involved at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School after a series of racist and sexually charged messages between students spread quickly on social media.
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The MICDS students involved in the messages, which included several uses of the N word and KKK references, do not yet know their punishment — but county NAACP spokesman John Gaskin says it should be taken very seriously.
“I think we as an organization are compelled to make sure those students are expelled because here’s the reality: our words have consequences,” Gaskin told KMOX’s Mark Reardon Tuesday afternoon.
Gaskin spent much of Tuesday at MICDS speaking with parents, students and administrators. He says it’s a privilege, not a right, to go to MICDS – students are not entitled to go there – but he thinks lack of further punishment in this instance would add to an “air of entitlement.”
“You are entitled to a quality public education, you are not entitled to a private independent school education here in St. Louis. It is a privilege to be able to go there,” Gaskin continued. “So to feel that you have the air of arrogance to make those sorts of remarks, and there is no sort of consequence issued to you, is of great concern. I think a strong message needs to be sent.”