Students separated by race at middle school

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY - A Chesterfield County principal is under fire for separating middle school students by race and gender.

Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School Principal Andrea Hampton said she wanted to give each group of students a pep talk ahead of state testing.

“It was just a big mess,” parent Darry Lindsey said. “My kids came home really upset about it.”

Many parents are outraged over meetings that happened inside the school. The district admits that the principal met with African-American students as a group as well as an all-girl group and an all-boy group. In a letter sent home to parents, Hampton said the meetings were designed to help students and “to motivate each group to do their personal best” on a state test, but many people in the community view the meetings as divisive.