The Plainfield Community School Corp. does not condone or tolerate language or behaviors that degrade others. Had our organizing team been made aware of the alleged behaviors by unknown adults on Feb. 2, we would have taken immediate action.
We were pleased to host such an impressive array of young students, and we were equally proud of the teamwork, camaraderie, knowledge and fun that these children displayed. To learn now that adults may have acted in a way that distracted from the success of the day is disheartening. In the Plainfield schools, such behavior is unacceptable, regardless of whether it comes from adults or students.
These kids are already aware the best revenge on simple-minded bigots is success.
Three weeks after the incident, the PantherBots won the Create Award—for best robot design and engineering—at the state championships, which qualified them for the Vex IQ World Championship next month in Louisville, KY where they will compete with kids from all over the world.
No child should have to be used to this kind of bigotry, but Goodwin and the team have a very mature attitude about the racists.
“They yelled out rude comments, and I think that they can talk all they want because at the end we’re still going to Worlds,” said team leader Elijah Goodwin, 10. “It’s not going to affect us at all. I’m not surprised because I’m used to this kind of behavior.
“When you have a really good team, people will treat you this way,” he said. “And we do have a pretty good team.”
It is amazing how well those kids were able to deal with the bigotry of the other kids and their severely racist parents, but it is sad they are used to such behavior.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)