By: KDKA-TV News Staff
EDGEWORTH, Pa. (KDKA) – About 50 students and parents protested outside Sewickley Academy Friday, saying black students did not feel safe at the school.
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The prestigious private school in one of the region’s wealthiest communities became a hotbed of division last summer after the firing of a teacher and four administrators committed to a strategic diversity plan.
The conflict reached a turning point on Thursday when police were called to the school in response to concerns from students and parents.
According to a letter from Principal Ashley Birtwell, some faculty members have been asked to reschedule an “unauthorized opt-in session focused on critical race theory” scheduled for lunchtime.
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During a meeting with these faculty members, Birtwell said a group of students and parents walked into her office and refused to leave. Police were called as a precaution after Birtwell said the disorderly behavior had escalated.
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During the confrontation, KDKA’s parents said a faculty member was also fired on the spot.
Birtwell’s letter said she and the board already had plans for diversity and inclusion initiatives and felt the faculty’s efforts to teach critical race theory would interfere with “community empowerment” efforts.
The parents said they just wanted to petition Birtwell.
“It was a peaceful effort to present her with a petition in support of caring for her classmates,” said parent Lisa Wren.
Classes for the upper school were canceled on Friday.
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Stay tuned to KDKA for the latest on the developing story.
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