Students Banding Together After Essay Sparks Racial Tension

Meghan McCorkell, CBS Baltimore, April 14, 2016


Extra staff has been brought into North County High School in Glen Burnie, where that controversial student essay went viral.

Students at North County High School–some wearing red–band together after a student essay sparks racial tension.

“A lot of tension in the school. A lot of people are mad about what he said,” said Kevin Novak, student.

“It was disrespectful and he shouldn’t have posted it,” another student said.

The assignment was to write a satirical essay mimicking Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” which suggested eating babies as a fix for famine.

The student’s satire about racism that was posted online suggests sending African-Americans to a desert to be killed.

“This student’s subject certainly though was insensitive and ill-advised, and as we said, stoked a lot of concern,” said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County Schools.

A Twitter page linked to that student is also sparking concern. One tweet reads: “Killing black people is like saying [the N-word], they do it all the time, but get pissed when white people do it.”


School officials won’t say it the student who wrote the essay faces any disciplinary action.

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