Colleyville Heritage High School Students Stage Walkout to Support School’s First Black Principal Who Was Placed on Paid Leave

Over 100 students walked out of their Friday morning classes at Colleyville Heritage High School to show their support of James Whitfield, the high school’s first Black principal who was placed on paid administrative leave last month.

They want answers from school administrators as to why Whitfield is on leave.

Students carried signs and wrote “We stand with Dr. Whitfield” in chalk on the sidewalks at the high school. They also marched around the school chanting, “Dr. Whitfield’s here to stay.”

Sunehra Chowdhury, a senior at Colleyville Heritage who helped organize the walkout, said she and other students are not backing down or giving up on supporting Whitfield.

She said the school board has contributed to the criticism and hostility toward Whitfield and his family.

At issue are claims that Whitfield introduced critical race theory to Colleyville Heritage, which Whitfield has denied.

Chowdhury and another student, Samantha Zelling, said they are grateful that Whitfield created a welcoming environment for students of color.

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SOURCE: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Elizabeth Campbell

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