Parent protestors: Simon Kenton punishment unfair, racist

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - Parents of Simon Kenton High School students were protesting what they call an unfair and racist punishment outside the school on Friday. Six adult protestors were joined by three students on Friday around 11 a.m.  Police were called to the school as a precaution.

The tension began when two students got into a fight, one white and one black, and both received the same punishment. Deputy Superintendent Barb Martin says that the punishment comes from the student code of conduct. Some parents, however, are upset that both students received the same punishment while only one started the fight.

Martin also says that the idea of a protest started when chatter on Facebook, regarding students bringing guns and knives to school after the fight, came to the attention of some parents.

Deputy Superintendent Martin says that despite some rumors, the school was never on lock down. The three students who joined the protest will be punished for leaving school grounds during school hours.

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