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Updated: Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011, 7:20 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011, 7:20 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Controversy is swirling after Indianapolis Public Schools’ leader made insensitive comments about some of the school system’s students.
IPS Superintendent Eugene White, appearing on a central Indiana radio program recently, characterized some IPS students as “blind, crippled, crazy.”
Those words aren’t sitting well with a mom whose son – an IPS student - was left paralyzed after the stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
Sue Humphrey is ready to put on her boxing gloves.
White made the comments during an interview last week with WIBC-FM's Denny Smith while talking about graduation rates and the challenges of public schools versus charter schools.
During that interview White said: "You've got to understand, we are public schools. What does that mean? We take everybody that comes through the door, whether they are blind, crippled, crazy,"
Sue Humphrey is furious.
“Is he going to think of my child as a gimp when he is wheeling across the stage for his diploma?” she said. “(Dr. White) doesn’t want my child at his schools anymore?”
Humphrey's son Brad was left paralyzed from the waist down after the collapse at the State Fair.
IPS Superintendent Eugene White publicly apologized for his choice of words at Tuesday’s IPS board meeting. But Humphrey said that's not enough
“He needs to go,” she said, adding she wants him to resign.