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Parents Still Divided Over Principal's Decision To Separate Students

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Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School has been under the microscope for more than a week, after the school principal gave what she called a “pep talk” to African Americans students to help prepare them for the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards exam.

After a routine school board meeting Monday night where parents were able to voice their concerns about the decision, they are still divided.

“I think she did a wonderful job,” said one parent.

“I don’t like the way they have handled the situation,” said another.

Last week, principal Andrea Hampton wanted to give students a pep talk in separate groups to help them prepare for the PASS exam.

The school district released a statement to My Fox Carolinas.

“The purpose of the meetings was to discuss previous test results among the subgroups, to set goals for the upcoming standardized test, and to deliver a "pep talk" to encourage students to do their best on the assessment.”

In a letter sent home to parents, the principal explained that the children were separated into federally identified subgroups.

But not all parents were buying it.

“I called the school district and talked to them and they told me that they were separated because of lunches,” said Christie Williams. “Well, my child gets reduced lunch so why wasn’t she included in it?”

The school board will review the principals actions.

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