SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – On Friday morning, around 8:15 a.m until 8:45 a.m., a group of Hillcrest High School students, parents and supporters stood on the school’s front lawn to protest, what they say, is unfair treatment of students of color.
Kyla Carter, a Hillcrest junior, said the protest is about several things, including the racially charged Facebook post of a girl holding sign with the ‘N-word’ on it and a gun.
Carter added that it’s also about wanting their voices to be heard.
“We want change,” she said. “We want Hillcrest to realize that the students have a voice and that students want Hillcrest to change.”
The Greenville School District Policy on protests allowed students to protest peacefully on the campus.
Some students gathered on the front lawn, while others were arriving to start their day.
Melanie Guerra, a Hillcrest junior, said the racially charged social media post on top of the academic culture of the high school, is what caused students of all races to take action.
“It’s not just affecting the African American culture,” Guerra said. “It’s also affecting me as a Hispanic, because it’s also not just the students. It’s the teachers.”
Carter is among those credited with organizing the protest.
Her father, Mark Carter, said he couldn’t be prouder.
He wanted legal justice on top of academic action taken against the young girl in the Facebook post.
“There’s school shootings all over the country and it’s a tragedy,” Mark Carter said. “We don’t want that here. So, if they can step in front of this and stop this before it gets started. All I’m asking, I’m a taxpayer, do your job.”