Black students at Cape more likely to be suspended

African-American students are disciplined up to four times more than their white classmates in Cape Henlopen schools, according to new statistics.

Cliffvon Howell of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Wilmington presented the data to the Cape Henlopen school board April 26 at Mariner Middle School. 

Also a Cape graduate, Howell serves on the district’s minority community liaison committee, developed after an October 2017 forum at Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes. The forum featured Cape employees on the panel, and Cape Superintendent Robert Fulton attended to address community concerns. 

Howell said during the forum, recurring issues emerged regarding school discipline for minority students and Cape’s lack of minority teachers. Representatives from local…

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