2nd grader who played MLK in blackface wants apology from school
By the GrioSean King in blackface (ABC News)
Sean King, a Colorado Springs second-grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary school, was pulled out of class last week for wearing blackface make-up while trying to portray Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now, King wants an apology because he says school officials were mean to him and made his mother cry. King said he meant no harm. The Huffington Post reports:
Sean King, a Colorado Springs second-grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary school, found himself in hot water last when he was pulled out of class for dressing like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also wearing black face paint for a school project. Now, Sean and his family want an apology from the school for the way the staff handled the situation.
Sean, 8-years-old, told KRDO that he feels school officials were “mean” to him and his family, citing that they made his mother cry. Sean explained that he is confused why other children who also wore face paint honoring other historical people were not punished like he was. “They were really negative to me,” Sean said about school staff to KRDO.
School officials are now considering offering special classes about racial stereotypes to help teach kids and parents more about racial sensitivity.
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