Security Assigned To Threatened, Black Superintendent

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A security detail has been assigned to a black suburban Kansas City school district superintendent who received racist threats after proposing racial equity training.

Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté devised the plan to protect Lee’s Summit school leader Dennis Carpenter and his family, even though the city’s police investigated the threats and said they were unfounded. No arrests were made.

Carpenter is the first black superintendent of the predominantly white district. The school board approved an equity plan four months ago but, under pressure from the community, rejected two attempts to hire a firm to lead the training.

Carpenter became so frustrated at one point that he suggested that board members buy out his contract and hire someone they trust to operate the district.