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LRSD supt. doesn't deny incidents in UALR racial study

Abuse against Latino students in Little Rock is an issue says Superintendent Morris Holmes. Holmes making the comments at Thursday night's school board meeting.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Abuse against Latino students in Little Rock is an issue says Superintendent Morris Holmes. Holmes making the comments at Thursday night's school board meeting.

"We are not interested in making peace ladies and gentlemen. We are interested in figuring out who committed what," said Holmes.

The remarks come just a week after a UALR report surfaced, showing black students abusing their Spanish-speaking counterparts.

"The administration does not deny the fact that the incidents did occur," said Holmes.

The problem affected students like Hall High graduate Marco Martinez.

"If we talked back, we'd get in trouble and they wouldn't," said Martinez.

Dr. Terry Richard conducted the study.

"Latinos often feel discriminated against," said Richard.

Holmes told the audience he is trying to find out all parties involved in the abuse-- including staff and teachers. He says once complete, the offenders will be reported to the highest law enforcement agency in the county.

"The adults who have watched youngsters be abused, we want you by name. We will be looking for you and you will be appropriately handled," said Holmes.
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