Events put teaching kids the right thing in perspective – The Killeen Daily Herald

A white nationalist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an attempted rally in Texas put the focus on teaching children the right thing.

Racial tensions in America have increased since the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012, and the conversation was trending again over the weekend at Charlottesville, where a 20-year-old white male drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman, and injuring 19 others.

In Texas, a former Texas A&M student had been organizing a rally in College Station, saying he was inspired by Saturdays rally in Charlottesville. Texas A&M officials announced late Monday the rally was canceled.

Local school district representatives were asked whether they planned to discuss the issue with students or use the events over the weekend as a teaching tool in their academic curricula.

Copperas Cove Independent School District spokeswoman Wendy Sledd said Monday that CCISD is committed to promoting social awareness in all of its classes, and wants all students to feel equally accepted in the district.

Sledd said no concerns have come up from the issue and no major changes will be made to the curriculum to address this issue.

Killeen ISD also released a statement via email saying The district will continue to adhere to Policy EMB. Furthermore, the Killeen Independent School District celebrates and embraces the diverse cultures and values of our students, employees, and community. We remain proud of the diversity and heritage of all those we serve. We will continue to focus on providing all students with safe and secure learning environments for which all students are provided opportunities to reach their maximum potential,

Both Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Central Texas College said they have not publicly addressed the matter and no public protests happened on either campus. Classes are not in session and registration is underway on both campuses.

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Events put teaching kids the right thing in perspective – The Killeen Daily Herald

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