Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Houston’s Dekaney High School is Riot High



By Nicholas Stix


On the bright side, though principal Delic Loyde is black, she and many parents agree that matters have degenerated to a state of emergency. So, often the people running diverse schools deny that things are as bad as they are, and you can't fix something you won't admit is broken.


Dekaney's demographics are not surprising: Its student body is 62 percent non-Hispanic black, and 31 percent Hispanic.




Students: Another 'outrageous riot' at Dekaney High School

by Kevin Reece & Rucks Russell/ KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff


Posted on January 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 27 at 11:40 PM



SPRING, Texas – Police were called to Dekaney High School in northwest Harris County Friday after a brawl broke out in the cafeteria.

Spring ISD officials said the fight started between four students. But cell phone video obtained by KHOU 11 News clearly shows a chaotic scene with a lot more than four students involved.

Students who were in the lunchroom at the time said it was more like a riot.

"All these people came and just started hitting everybody," said Maya Rodriguez, a student. "After a while, I got hit and everybody just started fighting. So I hit back..."

Students were jumping on tables, yelling and throwing things.

"They had a riot at B lunch and it got outrageous," said Everiel Johnson, a student. "They started throwing milk. Innocent people were getting hit for no reason."

Dekaney's principal said she has seen enough.

"We have to have immediate solutions. We know that. We know that we have to do something quickly," Delic Loyde said.

Dekaney students and parents say they're fed up with the problems at the school and they don't think it's safe.

"We feel like this is getting out of control, way out of control," said one mom who didn't want to show her face. "And we just don't know, as parents, what to do or who to talk to."

The woman said her son was jumped in a Dekaney hallway on Thursday. She said another student had to be sent to the hospital, so she didn't let her son go to school on Friday.

"I feel like we're gonna lose a life if somebody doesn't do something to prevent these fights that are going on every day," she said.

Cell phone videos of several small-scale riots at Dekaney were posted to the Internet last year.

That's why Willie Mayes pulled his son out of Dekaney and sent him to private school.

"I'm coming home and there's news vans out here once a week. Apparently not being tough enough," said Willie Mayes. "I'm paying for him to go to private school just to be away from this."

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this story.]

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