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Douglas Anderson Cancels Race-Separated Student Diversity Meetings After Outcry

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts file photo
Bruce Lipsky
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. 

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