An official for the Detroit public school district reports that a member of a civil rights organization was spotted by a principal forcing a special-needs student to take part in a recent school protest.
Stefana Romanov, principal of Detroit’s Southwestern High School, reported to district officials that she saw “a BAMN member physically forcing a hearing-impaired student out of the building to join the walkout,” according to Detroit Public School district spokesman Steve Wasko.
BAMN is a civil rights organization formed in Berkeley, Calif., in 1995. Their acronym stands for “By Any Means Necessary.”
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the FBI had previously considered BAMN to be potentially “involved in terrorist activities” after observing members at a protest at the University of Michigan in 2002.
Wasko also said that the school principal had informed the district that “a BAMN organizer … phoned all of her students encouraging the walkout.”
Seems to me that Southwestern High School has a serious issue with control of its premises – and is an unsafe environment for its students as a result. But then again, is anywhere in Detroit a safe environment for them?