PRINCETON, N. J. – A black student who wrote about racial tensions in her New Jersey high school have been suspended after the submission of a yearbook photo which included works of art that is part of a racial slur and images of lynchings.
Jamaica Think was suspended from the university, of Princeton high School on Monday because of the photo, Newsworks reported. It gives her a group of friends in her home, where the work of an exhibition of her father produced about race hangs on the wall.
The submission of a photo with the racial slur in the background was a mistake, think about said. Two letters of the word hidden in a painting, and the other is small.
Thinking is not pleased with the school response. She said that the officials of the school
“It is frustrating for me to see how the school consciously refusing to be transparent and address the multitude of problems,” she said.
The problem is not that the officials of the school is not perfect, she added. “The problem is that they are not doing anything to make themselves better.”
Principal Gary Snyder declined to comment.
A number of students were disciplined for secretly offensive images in the yearbook, according to a letter Snyder sent to the parents.
A group of students protested, Thinking about the suspension on Monday. A petition of the students calls for the suspension must be erased from her permanent record. The petition also asks administrators and teachers to inform themselves about how profanity is used by different racial and ethnic groups.
Rhinold ponder and Michele Tuck-Ponder do not agree with their daughter’s suspension and plans to appeal to the Princeton civil rights commission.
“This is a young black woman who is raising issues that many people in Princeton do not want to discuss. There are tensions in this city that people don’t want revealed. They think that the best move is to shut her down and send a message to the other kids to shut up, or you will be suspended,” Rhinold Ponder said.