Nation & World

Oct 9, 5:24 PM EDT

School reviewing rules after student's poem draws criticism

Latest News
Spain drops extradition of Turkish-German writer to Turkey

School reviewing rules after student's poem draws criticism

How a poem can be altered on a Kindle

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts school says it's reviewing its policies after a student's poetry reading blaming whites for oppression drew criticism online.

The Republican reports ( Holyoke High School sent a letter to families Monday saying some were offended by the Friday performance at an event for Latino Heritage Month.

A student performing at the assembly read a poem that celebrated her Hispanic heritage but also said whites have oppressed minority groups in America.

Video of the performance was posted online and drew a wave of criticism on social media.

The school's letter says all students have a right to feel welcome and that some of the event's performances "were not subjected to sufficient review."

It says school officials will revise procedures "for the review and approval of proposed student presentations."


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.



Sign up today for the latest headlines from U.S. News and World Report delivered to you free.


Personalize your U.S. News with our feeds of blogs and breaking news headlines.


U.S. News daily briefings are also available on your mobile device.