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Tension at Purnell Swett High School

Published: Nov. 12, 2002 at 9:48 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2002 at 10:46 AM EST
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Students are at odds over race inside Pembroke's Purnell Swett High School.
Students are at odds over race inside Pembroke's Purnell Swett High School.

Tempers seem to be calming after more than a month of racial tension at one Robeson County high school.

Since September, there have been at least three racially motivated incidents between African-American and Native American students at Purnell Swett High School. They include a fight between dozens of students, a large protest, and a letter containing racist material. A newspaper, The Robesonian , is reporting that those incidents led to nearly 60 parents asking that their children be transferred out of the school.

One of the students who spoke with News 6 says "a few bad students are making the whole school look bad". However, she admits that, at times, she fears for her safety.

The school's principal, Wesley Revels, says the tension has eased, and the students were never at risk. He says he feels confident enough to leave his ninth-grade son enrolled at the high school.