My name is R.D. Carrick. At one time, back when Rod Paige was first being moved into the office of secretary of education- the Houston Press's Margaret Downing brought a photographer to my home and thought about doing a story on the reverse discrimination that my daughter was enduring.
In the year 2000 my daughter who is white was zoned to Booker T. Washigton High School. She was beaten, sexually assaulted, constantly harrassed and fortunately (we thought) was moved to S. P. Waltrip Senior High School, much to the chagrin of principal Wesley. He tried to block her transfer because he refused to acknowledge the danger that my daughter was in while she was in attendance at his school.
Very soon after being moved to Waltrip- she was "busted" for "paraphernalia" while attempting to fit into her new school and finding new friends. She was taken to jail and thrown out of the school system even though she was never positive for drugs, and neither was the "paraphernalia" that was tested for drugs. All clean. But- still the difficulties.
The Press backed out of the article, probably for political reasons- and because the Press refused to help, my daughter had a very difficult time finishing high school. She has had a ridiculously hard time finishing high school, and a difficult time in college when she was at HCC. Which is HISD.