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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Beverly Graham says her grandson Traquan is being targeted at the Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County not because of the quality of his actions, but rather the color of his skin.

“You have got to know that this school is so racist it’s pathetic,” Graham said. “No one really knows until you go into the school and talk to the kids.”

Graham says she has had enough. Her grandson Traquan was recently suspended for 45 days on drug charges from Clarkton School of Discovery. She says Traquan was falsely accused of having marijuana on campus after two other boys were found with the drug. She says the principal of Clarkton has had a problem with Traquan since he accused her of being racist.

“He is not a dummy. He saw what was going on with the racism, and he confronted her,” Graham said. “We had a meeting out there with them, and he confronted the lady and told her, ‘You’re racist. You don’t treat the kids of color like you do the other kids.’ She was fire mad. They were all mad at him.”

Traquan says he saw that the other boys had the drug, but he did not know what it was. When he was called down to the office, he says principal Stephanie Ensminger told him to write in a report that he got the drugs at his bus stop.

“I just picked it up not realizing what it was,” Traquan said. “He just snatched it out of my hands. I didn’t have time to do anything at all. Just forget about it.”

Graham says eventually the other boys changed their story and told the principal Traquan was not involved. Now, she just wants her grandson’s name cleared.

“This is an innocent child, and the other two boys have told them this boy has nothing to do with it, and they still won’t change it,” Graham said.

Bladen County Schools Interim Superintendent Roland McKoy says Traquan’s suspension will be upheld, even though Graham appealed the board with the new evidence. When we tried to speak with McKoy on camera, he told us he was not allowed to talk about disciplinary actions of a student, even if we had consent from a parent or guardian. He also said it is his job to protect the children in his county, but he said, “I don’t need to be on TV to prove nothing.”

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keeping it real
2016 years 2 months ago

The NAACP is no more racism than the KKK they is just a group of people that suppose to help people but theres none around here.Because like i said right is right; right dont wrong nobody.

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keeping it real
2016 years 2 months ago

If Roland Mckoy And stephanie Ensminger so professional why is so much going on at that school in clarkton why is Ensminger sitting back telling the student who can come back to that school and who can not because she dont run nothing so what she need to do is try and do her job and keep this certain child name out her mouth she must be feeling some type of way right now. Because one thing i was taught you can not do wrong and get by. the things that are going on in these shools GOD is not… Read more »

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sunne
2016 years 2 months ago

If the NAACP were involved you would condemn then for the intervention; however, when they are not involved the group is still condemned. What exactly do you want other than to spout negative, ignorant statements? If you want to know if racism is still alive and well, open your eyes and think objectively. Also, reading these posts is a good indication of the racism that exist.

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Commonsensenotcommontoday
2016 years 2 months ago

For some reason, that basic concept of being selective about who you pal around with and where you hang out seems to be non-existent among a large portion of our population.

Whatever you do, don’t ask them about it….but if you do, the silence will actually speak volumes.

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Guestsnc
2016 years 2 months ago

If the other boys found guilty said this young man was not involved shouldn’t that be taken seriously? I agree with another poster here — maybe his grandmother should take this to a higher level (the state Board, or at least to mediation). This is a serious charge and if her grandson is innocent he should not have to be suspended.

Either way it tends to be very hard to get the system to admit error when they’ve dug in their heels. Racism is still with us, sometimes subtle — sometimes not.

Even Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain… Read more »

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