Black Students Violently Forced White Students to Pledge Allegiance to BLM at Ohio Elementary School

WHIO-TV7, a local news station in Springfield, Ohio, reported that a group of black children allegedly used violent force to make white students say “Black Lives Matter” against their will at Kenwood Elementary School last Friday.

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WHIO-TV7 confirmed, through a public records request, that Springfield police were called to the school Monday morning to investigate the students’ actions. Police are investigating if this was a hate crime and are working with prosecutors to determine whether to bring charges.

During the incident, one white student was reportedly punched in the head by a black counterpart for refusing to pledge allegiance to the BLM movement. Others were dragged, thrown to the ground, and carried to the playground.

Kenwood Elementary School

Black students reportedly filmed the event. But they refused when WHIO-TV asked the Springfield City School District for a video copy.

Police are investigating reports of an assault at a Springfield Elementary School involving two groups of students.

On Monday morning, Springfield police were called to Kenwood Elementary School about an incident during recess Friday, according to an incident report obtained through a WHIO7 public records request.

Police were informed by the school’s principal that,

“A group of Black students had gathered several white students on a specific spot of the playground and forced them to state ‘Black Lives Matter’ against their will,” the police report states.

Students who tried to avoid the situation were “chased down and escorted, dragged, or carried to the playground,” the report alleges. The group of students also allegedly filmed the students who were forced to make the statement.

One student was punched in the head by one of the suspects, the police report states.

Ryan Springer and Ashley Henthorne said their 12-year-old son was one of the students forced on the playground.

“I mean, I’m angry as a parent, but I understand they are children. It’s not okay to hate anybody because of their skin color, or their gender or sexual orientation, or anything like that. Nobody should be hating anybody,” Springer said.

Henthorne said she was not notified of the incident when it happened Friday but noticed a change in her son. When she was told what happened Monday, she said the changes she saw in her son made sense.

“I kept asking him all weekend, are you OK? And he kept saying, ‘yeah, I’m just tired’ And then when I got the phone call Monday about it, I was like, ‘that explained a lot.’” Henthorne said.

Their son has not wanted to return to school, and Springer said he is “traumatized.”

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Springfield police told News Center 7 they are investigating whether the incident is a hate crime and working with prosecutors to review any possible formal charges.

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