Waverly High School Under Fire For Skit
People are calling the skit performed at a Waverly High School pep rally racist and insensitive after three Waverly High School students wearing blackface mimicked the now famous violent incident between singers Rhianna and Chris Brown.
The story garnered national attention after Matthew Dishler, a 2006 graduate of Waverly High, posted a CNN iReport on the rally which describes domestic violence being used as satire and begs the question, " How was this even allowed to go on?"
It was meant to be funny; a comedic pop-culture parody according to some.
And while many thought it was all in good fun, others are down right appalled.
Francis Bialy, Assistant Director of 'A New Hope Center' which serves as a safe haven for battered and abused women, is currently working with the waverly school district to combat bullying and says, "I think that we grow up and live with those racist and sexist attitudes and out culture teaches us ways to defend against taking responsibility for such things."
Waverly superintendent, Joseph Yelich, says he will be meeting with school administrators, advisors, and students this week, to - quote - "set clear expectations for our behavior and the impact it has on all people."
This story has received mostly negative rections, but it's been suggested that some positives could come out of this incident. Bialy commented, "In a way, it's a good thing to be talking about this now. Talk about how this both influences victims to be silent about the abuse that their experiencing as well as offenders to continue to use different tactics of abuse."