Group files complaint against 3 RSD schools


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 7:21 AM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - Concerned parents, local leaders, and former students of Carver Collegiate Academy, Carver Prepatory Academy, and Sci Academy gather outside the Recovery School District offices to express concerns over what they call a “failing school system.”

Russell Robinson, a freshman, said, “The education wasn't conducive to us. That is not going to help us in the future what we were being taught. We didn't have any books."

Another student, Jarrell Johnson said, “I felt like i was in a prison setting. We had to walk on a line and shake hands. If you didn't shake with a firm grip you would get in trouble. You would get pulled out the line and have to try it again.”

Parents say they received complaints from students of alleged abuse and meaningless school suspensions.

In one case a parent says her son hurt himself and was told to take care of it himself.

Bianca Johnson said,”He received improper medical treatment for injuring his finger with a mechanical pencil. He was given a push-pin by another teacher to remove the lead which could have caused more injury."

Members from the Better Education Support Team (B.E.S.T) organization along with local leaders and law professors issued a formal complaint of the issues in hopes leadership will make the proper changes.

Bill Quigley, a Loyola University law professor, said, “We are urging the federal government to come and make Louisiana do its job. Educate kids in a safe and secure way. We think these are civil rights violations and human rights violations. The kids need to be in school and need to be educated, but can't go on this way."

The RSD responded to the allegations this morning, saying, "The Recovery School District just received the formal complaint. We will review the complaint and determine next steps."

Parents and leaders of the B.E.S.T. Organization plan to meet with local leaders on the issues in the three schools. They have also sent a copy of the formal complaint to the state and federal justice departments.