Parents at Mission Viejo Elementary were shocked and upset to see that in the letter only "Students of Color" would be allowed to take part in a new tutoring program.
To make matters worse, he then left a voice mail, in response to their concerns, which only seemed to confirm it was a program of segregation.
"This is Andre Pearson. It's focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs."Cherry Creek School District was quick to react, placing all the blame on Pearson, and are being very clear that the tutoring is on a first come first serve basis.
They emphasize that the tutoring is for children of all races and that all will be accepted. Children will only be turned away, if there simply isn't enough room for them.
Parents are still upset and some are demanding that Pearson be fired.
The district says that they are considering the matter, but hope that it won't be necessary.