Report shows racial disparity among student suspensions in Cumberland County schools

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN)A new report shows African American males are suspended from school nearly four times more than white males in Cumberland County. 

Numbers for the report pertain to short term suspensions, that’s 10 days or less. Nearly 9,500 students were suspended from Cumberland County schools last school year.

Close to half of the students were black males.

The report by the state board of education, department of instruction, found during the 2014-2015 school year, more than 4500 black males were suspended, compared to nearly 1100 white males suspended. Fayetteville’s NAACP leader is now leading a coalition to get to the bottom of the problem.

Jimmy Buxton said “I’d like to see the breakdown, is it coming from one school in particular as it was long time back?”

The study also found that Cumberland County’s short term suspension rate was higher than any other metropolitan county in the state.

As Buxton prepares to meet with the Cumberland County schools district Superintendent, he says more parental involvement is key.

Dr. Frank Till says the district is working on instituting various programs to combat the issue.

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