GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The NAACP is applauding changes made by the Forest Hills Board of Education following a recent incident which a high school student put dark brown makeup on his face.
The Grand Rapids chapter of the NAACP’s Youth Council met with the Forest Hills Board of Education Wednesday to discuss changes that could make the district more inclusive.
The NAACP applauded the appointment of Vik Srinivasan, a person of color, to the board of education which occurred on Tuesday, a day prior to the meeting with the NAACP. The organization was also happy with the district’s elevation of the school equity and inclusion officer to an administrative level.
The district has also pledged to continue training through the Institute for Healing Racism as it has done for the past nine years, and allow the NAACP to review the district’s established zero-tolerance policy on racial intimidation, and provide feedback.
This all comes following an incident earlier this month involving a senior at Forest Hills Northern. The student, who is white, put makeup for dark complexions on his face in an apparent attempt to make himself appear black. Photos were posted online and were soon shared thousands of times. Offended students and community members said it was an example of blackface.
Superintendent Daniel Behm previously told 24 Hour News he did not believe the student’s actions were motivated by racism.