‘Jena Six’: Case Study in Racial Tensions
On Aug. 31, 2006, school leaders in Jena, La., arrived to find two nooses hanging from an oak tree on the campus of Jena High School—and boarded a racially charged roller coaster that has yet to stop moving.
The events since that incident—including the beating of a white student and resulting criminal charges against six black schoolmates that have drawn international attention—offer tough lessons for principals and other administrators who must grapple with racial tensions in their schools.
For one, principals and teachers can head off such incidents by knowing the sources of conflict and acting to defuse them, experts...
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