Little Rock School District claims that they did not give records to ICE Agent - Video from school indicates otherwise.
|LR Central High School employees cooperate with ICE Agent's request for student records
On Thursday August 8th, posts on social media claimed an ICE agent was at LR Central High School trying to obtain student records.
|Social media posts similar to this were heavily circulated on August 8th
LRSD was flooded with calls and emails about the incident.
LRSD was quick to state that the "purported" ICE agent was sent packing and no records were provided.
|What about information on Asian, Black or White students Ms. Rousseau?
And so a press release was issued.
We were able to obtain a copy of the videos sent to LRPD.
The video below show the ICE Agent flashing credentials to CHS office personnel. Apparently the ICE agent requests information about a student and an employee goes and retrieves a file and lets the agent look at it.
The ICE agent makes notations on some pieces of paper and the school employee apparently goes and make copies of some of the records in the file and gives them to the ICE agent.
Another school employee joins in to assist and they can be seen looking at computer screens while the ICE agent makes additional notations.
The school employees have the agent take a seat and a few minutes later Assistant Principal Brenda Bankston comes into the office, chats with the ICE agent and signs a document.
|Brenda Bankston CHS Assistant Principal
The ICE agent was in the school office for twenty minutes or more.
Why the school district would lie is a question we posed to Pamela Smith, the school district Communications Director and Eric Walker, the school district staff attorney.
Both Smith and Walker stated that they had no knowledge of the ICE Agent being at the school for 20 minutes or longer nor that any information or copies of records were provided by school employees to the ICE Agent.
Walker admitted that he had not seen the video, but stated that he would be reviewing it after the call.
The employees that provided the records need to be fired.
Stay tuned for updates.
***UPDATE - 08/20/19 - 1:30 PM CST***
Sources at Central High School reported to us that the employee that willfully cooperated with the ICE Agent and handed over protected student records on August 8th is Juana Palmer.
|Juana Palmer - Violated law by collaborating with ICE