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Whereas, we believe that a free and appropriate public education is essential; and,

Whereas, we believe that all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, religion, or gender, deserve a high quality education; and,

Whereas, we believe that all students should have access to academically challenging courses; and,

Whereas, we believe that all students should be challenged to achieve success; and,

Whereas, we believe that the school system is responsible for assuring a safe and orderly environment for all students; and,

Whereas, we believe that the school system should collaborate with other governmental institutions to provide a safe and orderly school which challenges all students; and,

Whereas, we believe that the Mooresville Graded School District has failed to provide a free and appropriate public education to certain subgroups; and,

Whereas, we believe that the Mooresville Police Department has failed to assist in providing a safe and orderly environment for certain subgroups within the Mooresville Graded School District; and,

Whereas, we believe that there exists a culture of racism; and,

Whereas, we believe that systemic racism manifests itself in overidentification of certain subgroups as Exceptional Students; and,

Whereas, we believe that systemic bigotry manifests itself in verbal and physical abuse of certain subgroups; and,

Whereas, we believe that systemic racism and bigotry manifest themselves in the application of laws in an unjustifiably higher rate for certain subgroups; and,

Whereas, we believe that immediate changes are needed at Mooresville High School;

We demand that the Town of Mooresville
Investigate the patterns of application of laws of the Mooresville Police Department;
Investigate the arrest patterns of the Mooresville Police Department;
Investigate the allegations of racism within the Mooresville Police Department;
Remove the current SRO from his position of SRO at Mooresville High School; and,
Provide in-depth training on racism and cultural sensitivity.

We also demand that the Mooresville Graded School District
Investigate the role of the SRO and the Mooresville Police Department in the propgation of a culture of racism and animosity with the high school;
Enact codified changes to eliminate a culture of hatred in all schools;
Enact a training program for all staff on racism and cultural sensitivity;
Actively recruit minorities for leadership positions as teachers, principals, and central office staff;
Form a Parent Advisory Board for Parents of Exceptional Children;
Form a Task Force to address systemic racism in the school system;
Investigate suspension data of subgroups within the system;
Investigate testing data of subgroups within the system;
Establish a plan of action with measurable goals for increasing academic achievements of subgroups and decreasing suspensions of subgroups; and,
Provide for constant feedback and interaction with parents regarding the quality of education of all students.

We demand all of these things and commit ourselves to working alongside the Police Department, the Town of Mooresville, and the Mooresville Graded School District in an effort to bring about meaningful changes which will enhance the lives of all citizens in Mooresville.

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