‘Racial unrest’ results in fights at North Pike High School

The fight stemmed from a circulated Snapchat post which reads, “We’re not going to be here Monday cause it’s n----- day.”

Racial unrest results in fights at North Pike High School

SUMMIT, MS (WLBT) - Racial tensions are escalating within the halls of one Pike County high school, resulting in fights which have been filmed and shared across social media.

Derogatory comments posted on these sites have made the parents of students attending North Pike High School uncomfortable about sending their children to many schools in the district.

Racial tensions rise at North Pike High resulting in fights. Source: WLBT
Racial tensions rise at North Pike High resulting in fights. Source: WLBT

Video of two female North Pike students fighting began circulating on social media Wednesday. Some students told their parents it stemmed from a Snapchat post which was made days before MLK Day.

The picture shows a student with the caption: "We’re not going to be here Monday cause it’s n----- day. "

Joshua and Shawonna McKnight’s two daughters attend school in the district.

Shawonna and Joshua McKnight are uncomfortable sending their children to North Pike as racial tensions escalate. Source: WLBT
Shawonna and Joshua McKnight are uncomfortable sending their children to North Pike as racial tensions escalate. Source: WLBT

“If you know this was going on on social media all week when they made it to school, there should have been a school assembly in the auditorium or somewhere in the gym,” said Shawonna McKnight. “You should have nipped this in the bud before school even started. Y’all didn’t!"

The McKnight’s also said their fifth grader was snatched by a white teacher and the district has taken no action.

According to North Pike superintendent Dennis Penton, that claim is not accurate and is under investigation.

The fifth year district administrator said they are aware of the fight and social media post, and they do not condone the racial slurs or violence.

"We have already begun to take some proactive steps to try to improve both racial relations and the perception of those racial relations in the district," said Penton.

There is an enrollment of 2,400 students in the school with 65 percent being White and 34 percent being African American.

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