Senior Parade At Las Vegas High School With History of Racial Strife Turns Political
The final days of this school year have been anything but normal, especially for the senior graduating class of 2020. The pandemic has provided an opportunity for communities to do different things nationwide, including holding senior parades while attempting to practice social distancing. But one Las Vegas area parade got political Friday night, causing a stir.
Arbor View High School’s senior parade kicked off last night in a high spirited manner, but things quickly turned sour, according to some parents, when some of the vehicles in the parade flew Trump flags. Some parents objected and took their objections to social media. Arbor View High School, located in far Northwest Las Vegas, is no stranger to community strife. In March of 2019, nine black students were targeted in a foiled terror attack that resulted in two arrests, expulsions, and convictions of two white students. The campus has had a checkered history of students flying Confederate flags in the past and there were reports of at least one person flying a Confederate flag during the parade.
In March of 2019, nine black students were targeted in a foiled terror attack that resulted in two arrests, expulsions, and convictions of two white students. The campus has had a checkered history of students flying Confederate flags in the past and there were reports of at least one person flying a Confederate flag during the parade. Parents of the Arbor View 9 as they are known, morphed into an organization called No Racism in Schools #1865, the “1865” in the name symbolically represents the year slavery was abolished.
The group has worked closely with the Clark County School District to develop policies and procedures in an effort to recognize and stop hate-motivated behavior in schools, countywide. They have also been influential in helping the District to institute cultural competency training for teachers and staff. Local school board Trustees Linda Cavazos and Danielle Ford reached out to parents of the Arbor View 9 offering support following the parade Friday night. They know that Trump regalia represents coded-language to some people.
The community is represented on the Las Vegas city council by Michele Fiore, who herself has espoused racist views in the past. Fiore, a firebrand who serves as mayor pro-tem, once called a legislative colleague “colored” and threatened to shoot refugees. The parade was not a school-sanctioned event and the school staff did not produce this event. Parents and community members were wholly responsible for the event to honor graduating seniors from the Class of 2020.
(Editor’s Note: Erik Huey pens Clark County School Watch, a blog that keeps tabs on the goings-on within the Clark County School District. The good and the bad, from a former (retired) teacher’s perspective. His mission: to tell the human stories among CCSD’ers with a focus on Title 1 sites/at-risk kids.)