SHOCKER! Indy’s Park Tudor School Catches Flack For Serving Fried Chicken & Greens, Calling It “Black History Month Lunch”; Doesn’t Respond To Black Media Concerns

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UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION: The controversy and confusion is growing over Park Tudor School serving a “Black History Month” Lunch to students at their school this week. It’s made worse by the reluctance of school officials to speak directly with Indy’s Black community and media about the incident. School officials are catching serious flack and criticism for serving a “Black History Month” Lunch to students. A lunch consisting of Fried Chicken, with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Collard Greens and a Apple. Students also had a choice of a Veggie Burger or Panini.  Park Tudor School is the most expensive and prestigious elementary, middle and high school in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Twitter exploded with anger and outrage after the lunch menu was publicized on the website of The Indianapolis Star (Indystar.com). In an off the air interview with Afternoons with Amos Host/Managing Editor Amos Brown, Park Tudor School spokeswoman Cathy Chappell said the lunch was “a misguided attempt” at celebrating Black History Month put together by the vendor that prepares the school’s lunches. park tudor logoThe school later gave a detailed statement to the Star, but neglected to send the same statement to AM1310 The Light and PraiseIndy.com. Park Tudor, who had first said they’d provide a spokesperson, the school’s Diversity Director, to talk to the community about the incident and whether Park Tudor held any other constructive Black History Month events and activities. But cancelled the interview 15 minutes before the start of Thursday’s Afternoons with Amos broadcast. Because Park Tudor’s elementary and middle school aren’t state accredited, they don’t have to provide data to the Indiana Department of Education on the racial diversity of their students.  Park Tudor High School is state accredited. For the 2012-2013 school year, 7.8% of the high school’s students were African-American.

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