Tuesday night was the first Loudoun County School Board meeting since the firestorm of backlash after a student reported they had participated in a “runaway slave” game during gym class at Madison’s Trust Elementary School in early February.
At a press conference before the meeting began, Loudoun County NAACP’s president, Pastor Michelle Thomas, called for 20 percent more minorities in the Loudoun County Public School system. Thomas says 17 of Loudoun County’s public schools do not have African American teachers.
Madison’s Trust’s gym teachers only have two African American colleagues.
“They only had two people in the whole building who they could confer with if this incident or this lesson plan was culturally insensitive,” said Thomas. “We need to diversify our hiring today.”
The NAACP is also calling for Loudoun County Superintendent Eric Williams’ resignation.
In his report on Tuesday, Williams apologized to the broader community for the incident and the “inequities that continue to exist.” Information about the “game” surfaced around the same time Williams called for more equity in LCPS at a meeting in early February.
Williams says the county will hire a diversity recruiter, who will be “action-oriented and results-focused.” He called the incident a “symptom of a broader issue in Loudoun.”