Dept. of Justice investigate claims from NAACP in Pender Co.

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Department of Justice visited the Pender County board of education Tuesday to investigate recent claims from the NAACP.

As of late, the buzz around the NAACP's investigation on the school board has been pretty quiet.  But now that someone from the Department of Justice is getting involved, barber shop owner and parent, Gerald James thinks more people will start to take notice.

"I think tomorrow there will probably be a lot of people will be talking about it," said James.

James has three children in the Pender County school system and hasn't a problem with it, though he's noticed there isn't as much diversity as there used to be.

"When I was in school we had more black teachers, but now we don't have many black teachers," said James.

Board Chairman Tom Roper said the DOJ informed them the NAACP is looking into the reason why few black teachers are hired and promoted, complaints that black students are disciplined more than white students, and why there's such a large achievement gap between the two races.

Roper said the DOJ wants to help school officials and the NACCP come up with a resolution.

Copyright 2010 WECT. All rights reserved.