ONLY ON 3: Grandmother says her grandson is the vicitim of racism
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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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What you fell to understand punishment has been done he did his 45 days at extened hope and it had nothing to do with no race card.you know black people do not need a race card to get out of it thing.we need some schools that want to educate our kids and know we are not going to sit back and let people talk and treat them any kind of way.staff and teachers have said to some kids you want never be nothing.how you think that child felt. teach the black kids are find a new job and be grown ups .

Yeah this doesn't add up. You know what marijuana is from a very young age. Also, were the other 2 boys black or white? If they were black, are they saying they got caught because they are black? If they're white, are they saying they got caught because they are white? The horrible thing about stereotypes is that sometimes they are true. I don't think WWAY did enough reporting on this one. But they again, if they did, they'd probably be accused of being racist.

bring out the racisom card.

If the drug charge is unfounded, and if the school will not reinstate him prior ti the completion of the 45 day suspension, get the Education officials from Raleigh involved.

Let them do a thorough investigation.

If the charge sticks, Grandma should go on air and apologize.

On another point, where are the Mother and Father in all this?

EVERYONE THAT DOES NOT THINK THAT RACISM IS NO LONGER IN THE SCHOOLS, WORK PLACE, AND ALL AROUND US. STOP FOR A MOMENT, I WANT EACH ONE OF YOU TO GET AIR BRUSH A DARKER TONE AN WEAR A WIG, JUST STEP INTO OUR SHOES FOR A DAY OR TWO. INTERACT WITH THE WHITE RACE THEN LOG BACK ON AN POST A COMMENT, OH YES ITS OUT THERE AN WORST!!! I AGREE RACISM SHOULD BE HISTORY, DEAD A THING OF THE PAST.YOU CAN NOT COMMENT ON RACISM UNTIL YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IT FIRST HAND. BUT IT DON'T STOP YOUR WOMEN FROM TAKING WHAT FEW GOOD BLK MEN WE HAVE. :}

Right...

He's a good boy.

Someday he'll be a good family man.

He'll be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He didn't know the gun was loaded.

He ran from police because he was afraid.

It was all racism.

Thanks Mom.

A middle school child that doesn't know what marijuana is? My lie detector is going off. I remember being in 4th grade and a police officer from the D.A.R.E. program coming to our school and showing us what marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and crack looks like. When I was in 6th grade, we had to study current events, and with medical marijuana becoming more widespread, pictures of marijuana are prevalent all over the internet, newspapers, television and magazines. To say a middle school kid didn't know what marijuana was is highly unlikely. Denial is a horrible thing.

never saw or knew what pot was until I was in the 8th grade, that was 1984. That was growing up in Jacksonville Fl and Va Beach so not podunk little places. Yes it is possible he has never seen it to know what it is. Believe it or not some (very few) parents still raise their kids to be decent and not associate with the idiots in teh same school or society. Just becasue he is black does not mean that he should know what pot is. Most of you parents who think your kid is a little angel, need a wake up call. Growing up white middle - upper middle class ALL of my friends smoked pot. Go down to CVS, spend 25$ on a home test and piss test your own kid. I bet tehre will be alot of surprised parents. And yes I am white.

There is NO shortage in the education of drugs in the school system! He knew exactly what he had in his hands.

Traquan, here is a BIG tip for you and your grandmamma: Get the the big, fat bullchip off of your shoulder, focus hard on getting a good education and avoid the vermin to propel yourself out of and away from the edges of destitution. This world NEEDS intelligent, positive thinking young men and women. We already have enough that barely get by, blame their problems on everybody else and allow the color of thier skin to be a self-prohibitive ankle breaker as an excuse to stay in the back of the pack.

The world awaits you young man! There are no shackles any longer, only the ones you purposely hold tight to prevent your own success! Move FORWARD, not sideways or backwards. It is simply up to you.

A middle school kid is hanging around with some pot heads but doesn't know what marijuana is, yeah right. Even if it was just regular tobacco, it isn't allowed. Poor ole Traquan is a victim of RAAACCCIIISSSMM. Lay down with dogs Traquan and you get up with fleas.

Yea right, your detector probably had malfunctioned. Guarrante you if you place catnip tea up against marijuana a middle school kid couldn't tell the difference. And yes denial is a horrible thing, but to constantly continue to deny the African Americam race an education at Clarkton School of discovery is also horrible. This has been going on for years. I/myself was kicked out four times in my senior year of high school because I voiced my freedom of speech to let them know they where racist. This was 26 years ago. Now things are worst. Our black kids can't go in there and get a good education. I had a child there two that was falsely accused of stealing money. The dumb principal couldn't even indentify my child when I confronted her. When I asked her to pull his records she apologized over and over, but the damage had been done. If they don't have evidence of the child having marijuana then his name should be cleared. A school totally operated by only white teachers, and they want dare put a black principal there. What is that if it isn't racists? The principal there previously was really bold enough to let you know that the school was for whites only, and nothing has changed. My girlfriend subbed there, and she reported to me that the elite classes where only offered to whites. What is that if it isn't racist, no blacks are allowed to do anything. Buy a year book, you may see a black child here and there. So too the Graham family please continue to fight for you son, because he has a right just like the others. If they suspend the white kids for having drugs there, the school would be empty. Instead, they pat them on the back and brush it under the rug. Reach out to the public and I believe many will come forth.

...from going back to school and improving your education. It is evident that your writing and spelling skills need some serious attention. But from what I read from your post, you're just another angry and racist individual that missed the education mark and want to blame it on others due to YOUR lack of focus and responsibility when the opportunity was in your lap. It is nobody's fault but YOURS.

You're an adult now and hopefully know how to play better with the big kids. This is a wide open world with equal opportunities for all, especially education, but it takes motivation and tenacity. Most of all it means flicking that proverbial chip off your shoulder, quit blaming others for you poor decisions, then get out and make something out of yourself. Stop depending on others to do it for you and stop blaming others when that doesn't happen to YOUR satisfaction! At your age though, with your attitude being this way for so long, you'll have a difficult time overcoming your personal demons. You will need to work long and hard to get over the wall you built for yourself!

Believe me when I say, I didn't miss a thing. See, I was never one to wait on a teacher to teach me. Yes, I am an adult whom have lived in Bladen County all my life. Racism has always been an issue. You see the thing about it the fact that white people are scared of a black man, especially with a education. All these white kids that take drugs into the school system and get caught with it, but don't get suspended for a half of a day less more forty five days. If that ain't racism, what is it?

Racism is also a horrible thing. Too bad the racism card gets thrown out so often by people who can't find any other way out of a tight spot that their own poor decision making got them into.

If nothing else works, you always play the racist card.

Sounds like little Traquan is a trouble maker and should be suspended permanently from the school system and McKoy needs to return to English 101.

To let you know Tray is not and has not been a trouble maker and you also should be dismiss and grandma has her education and another thing grandma didnt write the article and some people are still dumb to some facts and dont want to know the truth but you dont have to worry about his parents because I am his parent and have never said he was better than any other child and another thing you have the right to believe what ever you choose but the truth will always stand.And maybe you need to be delivered from your demons because you wont find them in me. I would never use racism or for that fact anything to clear someone of their wrong doing and if he was guilty he should have been punished but he was not and yes he took dare class and if it had been in his hand long enough he probably would have known what it was but the one who dropped it snatched it and it does not hurt me one bit that some think Im using racism to clear my grandson but thats were you are very wrong.The racism was already there when he arrived at this school so get your facts straight before you pass judgement on someone. I strongly advise patents to come forward because I know you child has a story also.

You Go Grandma! I am very proud of you for our comments. Stand up for what you believe in. I stand beside you 100%.

Perhaps the school should be more concerned about who, exactly, is supplying cannabis to those children, and make sure they do have access to actual dangerous drugs, like prescription opiates, meth or alcohol. Often people who provide drugs to children are pedophile groomers.