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PHM promotes racist event excluding white students AGAIN despite current civil rights investigation

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. — REAL News Michiana has learned Penn High School is hosting an event this week excluding college bound students solely based on their race. The event invite was sent to all juniors and seniors, but let them know only black students were welcome.

“Mr. Lawrence Gidan from Goshen College will be coming to Penn this Friday, 9/15 to speak to juniors and seniors, who identify as Black/African-American and have a GPA of at least 2.5.” The message from the Penn High School Counseling department stated. “This meeting will include numerous Goshen College opportunities along with empowerment in attending college. Mr. Gidan will bring ‘swag’ too!… T-shirts, pens/pencils, brochures.”

RNM reached out to Superintendent Jerry Thacker and PHM Communications Director Lucha Ramey for comment. As of publication we have not received a response.

This type of racial discrimination has become commonplace among schools throughout the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation. In June, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation into PHM Schools for racial and sexual discrimination against WHITE MALE students. That investigation is in response to a parental complaint following an RNM story uncovering PHM promoting a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) event for young girls being hosted at the University of Notre Dame. While the event claimed to be for all girls, the registration page for the day-long event appeared to show only white children were going to be forced to pay to attend. However, girls of color and boys who identify as girls will be offered “scholarships” to pay for the registration fee.

“The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, has carefully evaluated the above-referenced complaint you filed with OCR against the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation alleging discrimination on the bases (sic) of race and sex.” A letter from the DoE states. “PCR has determined that it will investigate the complaint.”

The results of that investigation are expected to be released next week.

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  1. Here is the text of PHM’s recently passed DEI policy:

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the members of the Penn-Harris-Madison Board of School Trustees shall implement all reforms necessary to eradicate racism and racial injustice within the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation. We recognize and will fulfill our duty to foster a safe, healthy, and inclusive learning environment; to ensure that all are treated with dignity and respect; and to do our part to bring about positive change, end discrimination and secure equality for all.


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