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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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49 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Grandmother says her grandson is the vicitim of racism"

AF Flight RN
2015 years 10 months ago

Can we let this rest? This is a sad situation. Mr. McKoy is a FINE man. He’s doing his job.

If this were my child, it surely wouldn’t be on WWAY, or any other news media. It would be handled at home beween me and mine; none of you would be reading about it.

Some things need to be addressed, taught and handled at home. Start with “Stay AWAY from people dealing drugs”…They are nothing, but trouble waiting for a place to pull you in, too.

Trouble does not respect or distinguish the color of your skin or mine. That’s where Momma and Daddy’s teaching comes in… Thank you.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wheres th NAACP? Iam surprised they havent commented on this situation! If you wanna see racism look at that group!!

AF Flight RN
2015 years 10 months ago

Mr. McKoy usually has something worth listening to…None of us are all profound, waxed and poetic, 24/7.

Maybe this young man might decide to find Mr. McKoy, find out what he has to say and then follow his guidance. He has done this for a while. A strong role model might be a handy thing to have around for this young man. We’e always hearing about how kids need role models; then we go and talk badly about them when they speak up becuase it didn’t suit us; it didn’t make us feel GOOD. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here. Life is not easy; it’s not a feel GOOD party. We all get a trip to the woodshed once in a while. We probably needed more trips there than we actually received.

Then we’re talk all about “respect”. Maybe it’s time we showed Mr. McKoy some respect and listen instead of making all this noise on the TV. Baby, your wonderful grandmother is not going to be there forever.

We might ALL learn something. All of us, me included. I’d make an appointment, take a notebook and a pencil to TAKE NOTES if it were me. It’s called growing up. I’d take my punishment and come back to CSD with my head up like a big boy learning how to grow into a young man. You can do it!

keeping it real
2015 years 10 months ago

mckoy is someone that has the school all messed up and ready to run he no better than the last ones.Ensminger is someone who smiles in your face and talks behind your back thats how she got this job.but to keep it real the school need a real leader out there someone who willing to deal with these teenage kids.first thing she do is send them out the door.so now that bladen county close extended hope where will they go home.because in the past thats where most of the student went to school at check the attendance there and dont be surprise and some of the dumb reason they were sent there.I know when the new man comes in he got a mess.But i pray GOD will work with him.I ASk that god go before him-go with him-go behind him.

keeping it real
2015 years 10 months ago

they are just like the devil, throw rocks and hide there face


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