Ladue students hold second walk-out over racial issues

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Ladue high school students walk out of class for a second day over racial issues stirred up last week on a school bus.

About 200 Ladue High School Students walked out of class Wednesday to protest what they see as unequal discipline. There is deep anger with the students who protested. Both black and white feel African-American students are not valued as highly as other races by their peers, and at times, by administrators.

Wednesday's protest follows two incidents last week where African-American students were targets of an assault with a hot glue gun and racial taunts. The students spent more than an hour and a half telling the superintendent why they feel marginalized. They marched around the school and to the administration building.

Facebook postings by the mother of a black student show the burns he received when a fellow student poked him with a hot glue gun. A spokesperson for the Ladue School District said the student disciplined in the case is Hispanic, not white.

The victim's mother complains the district was slow to respond to her calls. She and the protesting students charge there is a double standard when it comes to discipline at Ladue.