Charges Dropped Against Black Teacher Who Punched White Student Who Called Him the N-Word
Maywood, CA — Marston Riley, a 64-year old Black teacher who was arrested on charges of child abuse after he punched a student who was yelling racial slurs at him, has had the charges against him dropped a year after the incident.
The incident happened last year when Riley asked a 14-year old white student to leave the classroom at Maywood Academy High School because he was not wearing the proper uniform. The 14-year old student then went to Riley and began yelling racial slurs and calling him the n-word.
In a cellphone video captured by other students, Riley can be seen calm despite the disrespect of the student, who even threw a basketball at him. The student continued taunting him until he decided to punch the student in the face. School staff members had to pull them away.
Riley was initially arrested and charged with child abuse and causing great bodily injury to a child. He was also forced to retire. But many of his colleagues, as well as the students and their parents, came to his defense.
A GoFundMe campaign titled For Mr. Riley (Teachers Deserve Respect) has been set up to donate for his bail and lawyer expenses. Even after he was released, he received outpouring support and raised $191,795.
Most recently, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office decided to drop charges against him citing the circumstances of the incident, the teacher’s age, and that the defendant did not have a criminal record. He also completed a 10-week anger management course.
2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion
On July 8, 2021 Harvey, Louisiana native Zaila Avant-garde celebrated a historic win, becoming the first African American winner in the Scripps National Spelling Bee tournament’s 96-year history. She won in the 18th round correctly spelling the word “murraya.” Though her win is one for the books, Zalia has already broken some glass ceilings. She also holds three Guinness World Records for her impressive basketball skills.
Since her historic win, 14 year old Zaila has already received several full-ride scholarship offers to attend college. Zaila has aspirations to play basketball for Harvard, play for the WNBA, work for NASA or coach in the NBA.
The Listening Tour
KuriosEd is reaching out to faith leaders in San Antonio who have an interest in assisting their mission to drive broad awareness of the current educational system, and to align Black communities with the necessary resources and tools to achieve effective communal advocacy and equal access to education. Faith Leaders are usually the backbone of the community, and their input would be impactful. The event will take place over a complimentary breakfast at 10 am on July 16th in San Antonio. Interested attendees may register at http://kuriosed.org/listeningtour – KuriosEd wants to hear your voice!
Additionally, on July 15th, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, a separate focus group will take place just for parents. During this session, parents will have an opportunity to share information/concerns/feedback about their child’s/children’s education. Snacks/refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a token of appreciation ($50 Gift Card) just for attending the event. Again, for more information visit http://www.kuriosed.org/ or to register visit http://kuriosed.org/listeningtour.
Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program
As a highly regarded HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University (located in the heart of Austin, Texas) is proud to announce our Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program!
The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program, housed within Huston-Tillotson University’s African American Male Teacher Initiative funded by Apple Inc., provides one year of scholarship support to high-achieving HT freshmen who intend to pursue a career in Education.
Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the Education field.
Total award will cover all tuition, fees, room and board for an academic year. Scholarships are eligible for max three-year renewal, dependent on meeting scholarship requirements, persistence towards graduation, demonstrated financial need, and availability of funding.
Who can apply? To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
– Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States
– Identify ethnically as African American, or Black
– Identify as male – Classified as a Freshman
– Be currently enrolled and in good standing at Huston-Tillotson University
– Minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale
– ACT Composite Score of 18, or greater; or SAT score 900, or greater (Combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math)
– Program of study in Education
– Demonstrate a strong academic record and evidence of persistence
– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in the field of Education
– Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the university
Attached to this correspondence, you will find the Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Application as well as an informational flyer for announcement purposes.
Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Jennifer Miles, HTU’s Director of the Center of Academic Innovation; email@example.com