Talking to Students About Police Violence, Protests
The placard underneath the sign welcoming students to KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory, a charter school in one of a growing number of cities to have the national spotlight thrust upon it in the wake of allegations of racial injustice, reads: “Your lives matter. We stand together.”
The words were mounted there after police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot and killed Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old unarmed black man, on Sept. 16. Crutcher was a father of four, whose daughter is a student at the KIPP middle school. A white officer, Betty Shelby, was charged with felony manslaughter in the first degree last week.