MLK-Eye Colors

SINTON, Texas (AP) - Some parents in Sinton raised discrimination concerns after a student eye color separation exercise meant to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Superintendent Steven VanMatre says a letter to parents will explain that the exercise was not based on race and was not discrimination.
Smith Middle School teachers were encouraged to do the exercise Tuesday, the day after the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Students with brown eyes did a warm-up in a physical education class. Students with green or blue eyes watched. The teacher then explained the purpose of the separation and talked about King's importance to civil rights.
VanMatre says the goal was to educate students on the experience of being a minority, but for some parents it initially "was taken the wrong way."
Sinton is 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi.
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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
http://www.caller.com

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