Principals Speak

April 19, 1992

Scott Pfeifer, ATHOLTON. Pfeifer, who has been at his position threeyears said most fights or arguments that culminate in racial slurs are not racially motivated, but just two students "getting into each other's faces."

"We haven't had a situation where the bottom of thekid's dislike is race. We just don't see that."

Sylvia Pattillo, CENTENNIAL. Comments: Pattillo, who has been at Centennial five years, said racial slurs and epithets spoken in the course of an argument or any other time should always be reported to administrators. "I take it very seriously," she said. "Students repeatwhat they hear. If they hear it at home and it's used abundantly, they'll use it elsewhere."

Jim McGregor, GLENELG. McGregor, principal for three years, looks at a student's intent and will report an incident when he deems them serious. "I feel my objective is for them tounderstand ...the language is not tolerated." "Every incident doesn't get reported because every incident has a separate set of circumstances and different degrees of severity."

Marshall Peterson, HAMMOND. Peterson who has been at Hammond one year, considers several factors in determining whether an incident is racially motivated. Using a racial slur doesn't qualify unless the incident stemmed from a race-related matter, he said. "Kids say things to kids all the time: the reality is they do."

Gene Streagle, HOWARD. Streagle who has been atthe school eight years, said he looks at the circumstances behind a racial slur to determine whether to classify it as a race incident. "Kids say stuff they really don't mean, and that's my judgment. It is a never-ending vigil to try to get kids to respect one another."

Edgar Markley, Mount Hebron. Markley who has been at Mt. Hebron for five years, takes into account several factors before determining whether use of a racial slur is a race incident. "You look at the circumstances and you find out what happened."

David Bruzga, Oakland Mills. Bruza, who is in his first year at Oakland Mills, said that if one student used a racial slur against another, he would pull them into aconference to find out what the argument was about. "It's hard to determine in student interaction what's racially motivated and what isn't."

Bonnie Daniel, WILDE LAKE. Daniel has been principal for fiveyears. She considers name-calling a race incident if there were a vicious intent behind it. Students speake, not knowing what they mean or how they hurt, she said."I'm amazed sometimes at the ignorance. If youngsters know more, they'd be more tolerant."

COUNTY PROFILE

Minorities residents of Howard County*

Black.. .. .. .. ..11.7% (22,019)

Asian.. .. .. .. .. 4.3% (8098)

American Indian.. ..0.2% (402)

Other.. .. .. .. .. 0.4% (910)

Whites.. .. .. .. .83.2% (155,899)

Total population.. .. .. (187,328)

*Due to rounding, figures may not total 100%

Minorities per county council district (inpercent)

1st district.. ..11%

2nd district.. ..27%

3rd district.. ..16%

4th district.. ..24%

5th district.. .. 8%

Student and faculty minorities (in percent)

School.. .. ..Students.. ..Faculty

Atholton.. .. .. 16.5%.. .. . 9.5%

Centennial.. .. .22.9%.. .. .13.6%

Glenelg.. .. .. . 7.4%.. .. . 3.5%

Hammond.. .. .. .22.4%.. .. .18.4%

Howard.. .. .. ..27.7%.. .. .20.3%

Mount Hebron.. ..18.5%.. .. . 7.4%

Oakland Mills .. 34.4%.. .. .23.6%

Wilde Lake.. .. .41.9%.. .. .14.3%

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