Community reactions to an article posted on Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch earlier this week, "," were a mixture of indignation and befuddlement from parents of children attending district schools, as to how bullying incidents, as described in the article, could happen in a relatively diverse, educated suburban community.
The article discussed several instances of racial bullying that had occurred within the school district, and in some cases, followed the child from elementary to high school. Not all commentors, however, were convinced that racial intolerance was the underlying factor in the incidents.
A commentor called Lucy summed it up: "I'm sure if A-Rod Yankee baseball players' kids went to they would be treated in a more humane manner. Many, not all, rich people don't want their children sitting next to a poor kid in school. The kids pick up on this, their parent's elitist attitude and act accordingly."
Another commentor, Lynne D., said, "Yes, it's a savage, classist attitude that is raging behind it all."
One commentor called Beccas, however, was distraught at what she felt were intolerant attitudes from people in neighboring communities about and its racial make up.
"Please don't ruin the wonderful atmosphere and learning environment at Mamaroneck Avenue by forcing and children to attend our wonderful school. The comments I have heard from many, many many parents from these two Larchmont schools have been disgraceful!"
But, regardless of the comments, 54 out of 93 people voting in our poll did not believe that there was widespread discrimination in the district. However, 28 people agreed that minorities in the community were not afforded the same opportunities as others.
Do you think having an ongoing dialogue about racial issues will help prevent future bullying scenarios? Let us know in the comments section below.