Students Banding Together After Essay Sparks Racial Tension

Meghan McCorkell, CBS Baltimore, April 14, 2016

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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.”

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

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