Back in the school year 2009 – 2010, a female African-American student was harassed by the staff at Hononegah, when Ehren was Principal. The minor stated in her lawsuit that Jarrett and the other administrators did nothing to stop it.
Hononegah is in Rockton, IL and does not have a large Black population in the city and the surrounding area. Other insults made to the plaintiff was by the teacher who told her that her name sounded “Ghetto”. When the student was enrolled in the district only 1-2% were of the students were African-American.
When the student filed the lawsuit, she was always on the honor roll. The student’s Parent has to file the lawsuit, because the student was a minor. The lawsuit represented the harassment that the black students had to take, and the administrators did nothing about the harassment.
African Americans were called “HonoNoNiggas” and graffiti was written in the bathrooms. One African-American male was told by a white student that he was “going to be whipped”. The white student proceed to remove his belt.
Teachers told students African-American jokes about their heritage. She also said that the teacher regularly cursed in class. She also said in her filing that she refused to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” and she was forced to perform parts of the book that humilated her as an African American. The teacher called her “Twisha”, she stated that was her name. The teacher continued to call her the incorrect name. In my opinion “To Kill A Mocking Bird” is not appropriate for students, and should not be continued in our schools, as required reading.
Supt. Jarrett investigated and found that the teacher had done nothing illegal. He also had disciplined the math teacher who insulted her. He refused to state the punishment. The teacher remained on staff for the whole school year. The student and her mother went through all of the inhouse procedures to solved the problems. After extensive and exhausting investigation, they did file a lawsuit.
At the City of Rockford City Council meeting Rev. Brown said that the board’s decision to hire Jarrett was not good for the school district. There is a large percentage of African Americans in the Rockford Public School District. Based on Supt. Jarrett’s past in Rockton, IL, at Hononegah High School, he should not have been hired as a Supt. in School Dist. 205, Rockford, IL
Through insider’s information the mother and her daughter did move out of the State of Illinois. It is unbeliable that this could happen today after numerous Civil Rights Acts have been for violation of human rights.
The Hononegah High School in Rockton, has never been highly populated by African-Americans. There are a lot of new homes being built and it is an up and coming small city.
Violence and poor grammer that is written by some authors should not be read i our schools. We are the tax payers and it a waste of dollars and does not promote our high educational goals.