HOUSTON (FOX 26) - This week's panel: Warren Fawcett- eastside conservative, Nyanza Moore - progressive commentator and Houston attorney, David Balat – Republican, former congressional candidate, Tony Diaz- Chicano educator and activist, Tomaro Bell – Super Neighborhood leader, Bill King - businessman, columnist and former Kemah Mayor, talk about the murder of Lamar High School student Delinsey Mack and gang related violence in Houston.
HOUSTON (FOX 26) November 23, 2018
Parents, alumni and community members of Yates High School are now demanding answers from the Houston Independent School District after one of their former students, 18-year-old Delinsey Mack was murdered last week.
In a news conference outside the school Friday, Yates community members harshly criticized the district for the way its handled the Lamar High Schooler's shooting death on November 13th.
Parents said HISD has unfairly canceled three of Yates' boys basketball games, despite that none of their players knew Delinsey Mack or was affiliated with his murder in any way, they said.
"If it was a security concern and we're speaking of protecting the students at a basketball game, what about at school tomorrow? What about before school? What about any other athletics? Why is it just the boys basketball team?" said Kehlin Farooq, a Yates High School parent.
"To some kids, this is their only way out and they're taking that from them," said Gerry Monroe, the executive director of the United Urban Alumni Association.
Yates community members also accused HISD of not been transparent with their reasoning for canceling these games. They said they believe the district is putting the blame on Yates High School, even though Delinsey Mack has not attended that school in nearly two years.
FOX 26 reached out to HISD for a response, but their office is closed for the Thanksgiving holidays.