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Douglas Anderson Cancels Race-Separated Student Diversity Meetings After Outcry

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts file photo
Bruce Lipsky
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The Florida Times-Union
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts file photo

A school meeting that was supposed to focus on diversity and inclusion was billed as segregated, separating students of color from their white peers.

It drew so much criticism in a matter of hours that administrators were forced to cancel, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

It all started Tuesday evening when Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Principal Melanie Hammer sent an email to the school's families with the subject line: Student Cultural Meetings. 

The email, which was sent to the Times-Union by multiple frustrated families, said the school would be hosting two meetings to discuss "cultural issues that have arisen" on campus and to "ensure that DA truly is a place for all." 

The meetings were scheduled for Thursday for high school juniors and seniors, with the first timeslot reserved for students of color and the second for white students. 

Read the rest of this story on Jacksonville.com.