Parents pull Spiro students out of school in protest over fight

“We have had some parents pull some students,” Spiro Superintendent Don Atkinson confirmed Wednesday. Spiro is in eastern Oklahoma.
By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman Published: May 14, 2014

photo - Spiro High School. Photo via Spiro Public Schools' official website
Spiro High School. Photo via Spiro Public Schools' official website

More than 30 black Spiro students were pulled out of class Wednesday by their parents in an apparent protest over a fight between a white Spiro baseball player and a black man who dated the player’s stepsister, one of the town’s residents said.

“We have had some parents pull some students,” Spiro Superintendent Don Atkinson confirmed Wednesday.

Atkinson declined to say how many students left school. He also declined to discuss specifics of the incident.

Spiro resident Sharon Steele said she pulled her grandchildren out of school Wednesday because of discrimination that “has been going on for years at the school.”

Steele said the students who left class were mostly in high school, with some in middle school.

She said the protest stems from an April 29 fight between a white baseball player and 20-year-old Spiro resident Devon Perry, who is black. Steele said Perry was attacked by the baseball player and the player’s family at a high school baseball game.

The player was suspended from school but allowed to play in the state baseball tournament, Steele said.

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