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Watts school officials are targeting black students, some parents say
Watts school officials are targeting black students, some parents say

Fanning racial tensions at a Watts middle school, several African American parents say Latino administrators are unfairly targeting their children and unofficially suspending them from classes. One parent, Tyronda Farley, said her sixth-grade daughter was sent home from Markham Middle School in March after school officials told her to change into more appropriate pants. Farley said in an interview she was not called by the school -- and her daughter, Toniakay Lascaries, showed up at home “hysterical and crying” because she was bumped by a car on her way home, causing bruising on her leg. Marcelo Martinez, Markham’s Latino assistant principal, acknowledged the...

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