How St. Louis Schools Should Respond to Vonderrick Myers, Jr. Shooting

In a recent incident, an off duty White St. Louis police officer has shot fatally shot Black teenager Vonderrick Myers, Jr.. News reports that the officer returned gunfire after the teenager fired first. This fatal shooting has had the same impact on the community as did the Ferguson Michael Brown shooting.

The local St. Louis community has responded by demonstrating against the shooting, demanding demilitarization of the police force, damaging police cars, and demanding justice for the teen. The parents claim innocence of the teen by emphasizing that their son was carrying a sandwich instead of the alleged gun. Black parents and children probably feel that the Voderrit Myers shooting incident validates that the police have a vision for exterminating all Black male children.

This incident will have a tremendous impact on the St. Louis School District which has predominately Black children. The school district will follow the same protocol as did the Ferguson School District by providing additional counseling services for students who feel depressed about the Vonderrick Myers shooting. This strategy will have minimal impact because it will not reduce the escalating racial tensions in the school and classrooms.

Racial tensions will escalate because many Black students will see their White teachers the same way as they see the White police officer who shot the teenager. Discipline problems between teachers and students will increase. Students who express an agreement with the shooting will find themselves at odds with other students which will lead to school fights and bullying.

The St. Louis School District must take the appropriate steps before the after effects of the Voderrit Myers shooting gets out of hand. The first step that the district must take is to have teachers develop a lesson plan regarding the shooting. The focus of the lesson plan is to teach their students how to avoid the same circumstance that happened to Myers from happening to them. This will remove the possibility that White teachers are racist against Black students because the White teacher is teaching them how to survive. The most important portion of the lesson is that the teacher does not convey to the students their personal opinion about the incident.

Then next for the St. Louis District is to publicly announce that they are implementing an initiative that promotes positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (). Many other school districts have chosen to implement diversity training for teachers which has proven to be irrelevant to Black parents. This type of announcement will convey to the community that the school district is there for the community. The announcement will reduce any racial tension that parents and students feel exist in the school district that may have erupted after the Voderrick Myers shooting.

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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