UPDATE: DeKalb High School Principal Resigns


UPDATE (3/16/16) – School officials confirmed to Eyewitness News the board accepted Principal Tamra Ropeter’s resignation Tuesday night.  She’d been on paid administrative leave.  Officials did not confirm if the assembly is the reason for Ropeter’s resignation.  She will be paid her salary through June 30.

The DeKalb School Board met for the first time on Tuesday, following racial tensions that erupted at last week’s Black History Month assembly. Parents were very worried about reported threats that prompted hundreds of students to cut class at DeKalb High School, and put the principal’s job on the line.

Parents vented their concerns during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The tensions arose from students sharing a poem titled, “Angry Black Woman,” and a rap on police brutality.  It reportedly offended some people, leading to reports of the school receiving threats.  

Members of Northern Illinois University’s Black Student Union showed solidarity for the students that participated in the assembly.  A student at DeKalb High School said there were parts of the assembly that made him uncomfortable, but believes the incident was blown of proportion.

The administrator who allowed the assembly to happen is on leave for the rest of the year.  Officials wouldn’t elaborate.

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