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Behind the Headlines

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

CLEVELAND CENTRAL

When news broke that two Mississippi schools were ordered to desegregate by a federal judge (in 2016, no less) headlines began to emerge. National media covered the decision, providing generally the same narrative of forced desegregation in the schools and throughout the community. But this is not a one-size-fits all story. It's a story about loss, hope and an attempt to unify. Our goal is to introduce you to the people behind those headlines, put faces to names and let them tell their own stories in their own words.

Holly Stanley, Junior

Former Cleveland High Student
"I can definitely see their [East Side students] point of view. I don’t think anybody wanted it to happen, but it happened. So they’re struggling with it just like everybody else is struggling with it, but they aren’t really being heard as much as everybody else. And that makes a lot of people angry...I can see how [East Side students’ complaints] might sound stupid to [Cleveland High students], but to them it’s a real problem. You can’t completely shut out their problem and ignore it. That’s not acceptable." Click for her story

Macy Robinson, Junior

Former Cleveland High Student
“I wasn’t really rooted in Cleveland High. If you’re a person from Cleveland and you, like, grew up in Cleveland and their parents went there, I could see the connection. You know,  just the connection to the old schools, but I really like the new school. I love the colors. I love the mascot. I just love it in general, and I don’t miss it at all.” Click for her story

Konnor Short, Senior

Former East Side High Student
"Football is really what’s keeping it afloat. Its really the biggest coverup of all, because they’re winning. Like I’ve always said, its never really the students, because we tend to mesh well with each other. It's mostly, like, adults and all of this going on..." Click for his story

Sha'Mere Sanders, Senior

Former East Side High Student
"So far [Cleveland Central High School] has been very different from East Side. I feel like it's more quiet, more productive. It's just so different, because it's like we don't celebrate things like we used to. It's more of a unity thing." Click for his story
"So far [Cleveland Central High School] has been very different from East Side. I feel like it’s more quiet, more productive. It’s just so different because it’s like we don’t celebrate things like we used to. It’s more of a unity thing." Click for her story

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