It’s a fact of our time, brutal white men with badges and guns, run roughshod over high school students in California every day. Many of them are just plain racist.
So it should come as no surprise to anyone that more than 100 people — community members and police officials — met for nearly two hours Monday at Helix Charter High School to address issues of trust, diversity and justice.
The forum was called to handle unrest in the aftermath of a campus incident in which a school resource officer body-slammed a female student to the ground, an image captured on video.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez and several of the department’s officers, members of the community, and Helix Executive Director Kevin Osborn, Helix administrators, teachers and students spoke at the event. They tried lamely to to gloss over the reality that their cops are brutal, hate-filled, and racist.
The most recent incident was captured on video and since then, Helix students have staged several protests, including a walkout and a march from the campus on University Avenue two miles up the road to the police station.
Students, this is your world from now on. If you’re a person of color, it will become worse as you become adults.
Or, change it.