Pender NAACP calls for superintendent’s resignation
By Frances Weller | June 15, 2020 at 5:50 PM EDT – Updated June 16 at 3:55 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The Pender County branch of the NAACP is calling on superintendent Dr. Steven Hill to resign. The organization issued a press release Monday.
The press release cites a lack of urgency in responding to evidence that white teachers used racial slurs. The letter also alleges the school system mishandled a child sexual misconduct case.
“This is not a new allegation,” said Rev. Dante Murphy, President of the Pender NAACP. “Remember we’ve been on lockdown essentially since March. Why is this just coming up now?”
The allegations were first introduced to Facebook and showed classwork with the ‘N’ word on it. As well as an email, with the time stamp of October, 2019 on it.
The communications coordinator for Pender County Schools issued the following response Monday afternoon:
“Last week, the Pender County Board of Education authorized Blue LLC to begin conducting a third-party investigation into allegations made by a school system employee on social media involving inappropriate racial terms allegedly used by staff at Pender High School,” Alex Riley said. “Additionally, the Board has also requested the Office for Civil Rights to begin an inquiry as well. As both of these investigations are ongoing, Pender County Schools cannot comment on these allegations at this time. We look forward to working with both entities and fully cooperating in these investigations.”
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