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Manchester High School, Chesterfield County, Racial Tension, Students, Parents - wtvr

There are 210 comments on the WTVR story from Nov 18, 2009, titled Manchester High School, Chesterfield County, Racial Tension, Students, Parents - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

"I'm coming to get my child," says Jamie Buckmaster. The mother of a 10th grader at Chesterfield's Manchester High School says things have gotten so bad, now school administrators are singling out students for what they are wearing.

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#209 Nov 20, 2009
Mother of a MHS student wrote:
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Hey look you idiot I MISTYPED one word what a joke...your a fool
That would be "you're" a fool. Check your own before you make a BIGGER fool of yourself.
interested reader

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#210 Nov 20, 2009
Grad student of MHS wrote:
Over ten years ago, Manchester had a problem with racial issues. Apparently Every child in the middle school district that filters into Manchester needs to be taught american history! Dont wait until they go to MHS! Do baggy pants represent african americans? No! This is a stero type that was started in the prison system! Then it fadded into music, then it was a popular fad to children whom look up to and idol these Rappers/ singers. I have seen just as many white children doing this trend also. Does a Camo Jacket represent whites? NO! This outer wear is used by ALL AMERICANS whom hunt for any game! I have seen just as many black students in this apparel as others. Next, The flag. Really... This is just as simple as a search on google! It is not racist. Often others whom have never truely found the reason behind the meaning of it, think it is racist. So in turn... stupity is a issue!
I do see where some of us african americans, can see where this would be a racial issue, But if you do your research and truely learn about history, you will see this is simply not so!
I do also she where whites also think we use the race card. Because, yes some of them do! I nor anyone in my family has been a slave. So why is this a issue? If our ancestors were never brought here by the whites and traded and so on.. We would still be there and not in AMERICA! I do think in turn, that my heritage is racist against whites. Can a white person have a all white school, like we do. NO , because someone will think it is racist, eventhough we can have all African American schools, colleges, NAACP, you name it. I think if we got rid of these ideals then maybe "WE" (as in Blacks,or African Americans) would not be hated against. If you truely look at it, "WE" segregate ourselves! So, in turn... Take a moment to actually pay attention in class and learn your history, Who cares who wears what! Its not about the clothing, the color of skin.. Its what is inside you and your actions that make a person. Not things that happened way before we were born!
This post is probably the most thought provoking of all. Thank you, proud Lancer.
MHS Grad

Fairfax, VA

#211 Nov 21, 2009
Denny Hamlin wrote:
The principal and his wife are racists themselves.
You have clearly never met Mr.Koste. Because if you had you would know he is not a racist. It would probably break his heart to hear you say that. He is one of the nicest men I have ever met.

And the same for people saying that Officer Clark is a racist. Are you kidding me? Clearly another person you have never even spoken three words with. I am equally certain he would not only be disgusted, but personally hurt by the comments people are saying about him. He goes out of his way to help the kids at that school make good decisions and stay out of trouble. He would help anyone.

Manchester kids posting on here. Your racist (both ways) talk, reflects badly upon the whole school. You will be graduating from Manchester High School soon, and you will want a school you can be proud of. Hearing about the incident on the news, and then reading this message blog has made me ashamed to say I went there just one year ago. Pull it together Lancers. We bleed blue and Orange. All of us. Have some respect for yourself, your friends, your school, and your community. Your actions are inexcusable.

To the parents who have commented. Some of you have been very positive, but a majority of you are only adding fuel to the fire. encourage your kids to calm down the situation, do not light the fire. Manchester can light its own fire, maybe the parents should put it out.

Basically, to say things so rude and just untrue about Pete Koste or Officer Clark is not only distasteful and not true, but hurtful. MHS students, pull it together and stop this mess. Parents, help or stay out of it. If you do not like how administration is handling it, do something besides bad mouthing good people on here.

Come on Lancers, lets just move on from this.

Richmond, VA

#213 Nov 22, 2009
the whole thing is because of freshmman who were black ran there mouth and harrased us for a month

manchester camo and white tee shirt student
Former Student

Richmond, VA

#214 Nov 25, 2009
I'm a former student and I think Manchester High should be disbanded.
Mike R

Mobile, AL

#215 Nov 28, 2009
I personally feel that our system should teach why it is ignorant to be prejudice of color, becauase we are all the same.
We are a human race, get over your differance's!
We can not move forwarward as a race of earth, untill we put a side our petty gripes!
People should look at each other as indididdals, and judge each other by charector, and what kind of person that you repersent!!!!!
How can we expect to servive, if we can't get along with each other!!!!!!!!!
Meghann Mowbray 804

Brentwood, TN

#216 Dec 3, 2009
STUDENT wrote:
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you dont know what your talking about; and rednecks aren't wack.
they are just like every other person who goes to manchester.
YOU are the reason why this is going on, for calling people out and being ignorant!
First off I'm not ignorant I'm outraged because after being raised by a black family it still comes down to this, schools banned shirts and clothes with stop snitching messages, no bandanas due to gang colors, no sagging pants, but yet let's see the rednecks can were shirts with the confederate flag and camo hunting gear do you guys take a class on that is that why it's appropriate school attire? Also once you get a little older sweetie and you try to go out to the club they have rules like no dreads or braids Hello who do you think there keeping from getting in it damn sure ain't the whites.Would keep on going but gotta go to lunch Hope you have a blessed day STUDENT
Wesley Smith

Maidens, VA

#217 May 14, 2010
A student at a public school should be able to wear whatever they would like as long as it is in the student handbook as correct. I graduated in 2003 for MHS and this is absolutely outlandish. Yes it is the south, and we do like to hunt, fish, and live our lives outdoors. It is a way of life and not racial. Is it racist when others wear shirts that look like dresses and wear pants that hang below their backside? No one say anything it’s the culture right? So let it is. If you don’t like it turn you head. Remember when one points a finger there are three pointing at one's self. Also the race thing is played out yall! Though I did not vote for him just take a look at the white house. It did happen.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#218 May 14, 2010
Stephanie wrote:
My questionis it's 2009 and your just realizing racial tension at Manchester High School. I graduated in 2002 and that year and years previous there has been nothing but racial issues and once they redistrict and Clover Hill got some of Manchesters kids then there was racial issues then. The bottom line is that schools are trying so hard not to offend certain racial groups that they are forgetting this is still chesterfield we like to fish, hunt and we are southern it is part of who we are (no matter what your race) it is part of our culture and it doesn't matter what color you. And with the recession and money being tight lets be honest you can get warm hunting gear and spend little cash! Write an article that everyone doesn't know about and as far as any teacher pulling a student out she should be questioned on her motive. Usually the onces that cry racism are racist themselves!
Chesterfield has always been a bastion for racial tension. You people are like the Arizonians who hate anything less than their color and you have taught this racial crap to your kids. You grew up physcially, but your mind has been stuck in neutral.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#219 May 14, 2010
Former Student wrote:
I'm a former student and I think Manchester High should be disbanded.
Give some reasons don't just throw out blanket comments.

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