Posted on February 16, 2023

Springfield Police Investigate Racial Incident Involving Elementary School Students

Brooke Spurlock, Springfield News-Sun, February 15, 2023

Springfield police are investigating a report from Kenwood Elementary School that allegedly involved several students and a racial incident.


The school principal told officers that a group of Black students gathered several white students on a spot of the playground “and forced them to state, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ against their will,” the report stated.

The principal said a few of the students who tried to avoid the situation were “chased down and escorted, dragged or carried” back to the spot on the playground, and one student was punched in the head by one of the suspects, according to the report.

The group of students also reportedly recorded the students who were forced to make the statement.