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Schools across county react to Vo-Tech racism
Following reports of racial harassment at York County School of Technology that have garnered national media attention, school administrators and students around the county addressed the concern.
Aaron Anderson, CEO of Logos Academy in York City, invited leadership from the Black Minister's Association of York County to speak to his students Friday afternoon about the reports.
The Rev. Ramona Kinard, vice president of the association, told the students that hatred will not be tolerated, and everyone must give each other love and respect.
Anderson estimated that 120 of his students in grades 6-12 were present for the assembly, where he read a letter he has since submitted as an Op-Ed to The York Dispatch.
In the letter, Anderson discusses whether there is a deep, underlying racial bias that exists in York County, and he admitted he has let bias impair his judgment.
Anderson said he was planning on addressing racial concerns related to the election before the Vo-Tech video — where students are seen holding a Trump poster and one is heard saying "white power" — but the timing became critical as a result.
Logos Academy is about 75-80 percent minority students, Anderson said, and one Hispanic student came to school crying Wednesday because she was worried Trump's election meant her family would be deported.
"This is heavy on the minds of minority students in ways white people in our county might not understand," he said, "but that's no excuse for us not to seek to understand them, love them and work toward showing them what this community can be for them."
At Dover Area High School and York Suburban High School, several students dressed in all black Friday to show support for students at York County School of Technology.
Tech students held a "blackout" Friday as a way of protesting the racial harassment occurring at their school.
Ceres Bailey, a junior at York Suburban, helped organize a show of unity at her school. She estimated about 50 to 60 students of all races wore all black to class Friday.
Bailey said her brother and friend's brother both attend Tech, and she wanted to show them that they weren't alone.
"We rise together, we fall together," she said.
A 15-year-old student at Central York High School went to Tech on Friday to protest with the school's students and former students. Kristen Sweets has several friends who attend the school and wanted to show support for them.
"I hope this (protest) will be a method to end racism and discrimination among all groups of people," Sweets said.