Black and minority students at the elite New York school deemed overly ‘woke’ and ‘far leftist’ by Megyn Kelly issued a series of demands in an excoriating open letter in which they slammed the establishment as ‘deeply flawed,’ and riddled with ‘racism and intolerance,’ DailyMail.com can reveal.
Kelly, 50, revealed her decision to withdraw her kids from the Upper West Side’s Collegiate School this week. The journalist snapped after an article circulated at her sons’ school that claimed, ‘white school districts across the country [are] full of future killer cops.’
Among the many allegations leveled in the piece, written by Orleans Public Education Network Executive Director Nahliah Webber, and circulated among a parents’ ‘diversity group,’ was that ‘white kids are being indoctrinated in black death.’
Kelly condemned the school, one of the most prestigious in the city and the oldest, and said it had ‘gone off the deep end,’ since George Floyd’s death. As a result she and husband, Doug Brunt, 49, now plan to remove sons Edward, 11, and Thatcher Bray, 7, take their 9-year-old daughter, Yardley Evans, out of her school and quit the ultra-liberal Big Apple entirely.
Now, DailyMail.com has uncovered an extraordinary condemnation of the school’s ‘imperfect community,’ raising questions of hypocrisy in their public stance. The open letter, published in the school’s Collegiate Journal last February, was written by a cohort of 28 students from the classes of 2019 through 2021.
And while the school chose to circulate Webber’s article condemning systemic failures and racism in education, these students allege a shocking litany of racist and intolerant behavior that, they claim, goes unchecked in Collegiate’s own hallways.
Megyn Kelly is seen today for the first time since she revealed on her podcast Monday that she and her family are leaving New York City claiming it has been taken over by ‘woke’ leftism. She said her sons Edward, 11, and Thatcher Bray, 7, have already been pulled from their $56k-a-year private school on the Upper West Side
Now DailyMail.com can reveal a cohort of 28 minority students at Collegiate School wrote this scathing open letter last year slamming the school as racist. The development raises questions of hypocrisy in the school’s public stance
According to the lengthy document obtained by DailyMail.com and seen here for the first time today, Collegiate is, ‘a place where jokes about rape and gender identification have been normalized …and where Black kids get their hair gawked at and constantly touched without their permission as if they were animals in a petting zoo.’
Latino students are, they alleged, ‘pejoratively called, ”Mexicans.”’ Holocaust jokes have been ‘scarily normalized,’ and South Asian and Muslim students, are subjected to ‘constant ”jokes” about terrorism.’
East Asian students are constantly ‘mixed up,’ and, the students write, ‘although there are only a handful of Brown or Black students, their names are constantly confused while the forty plus White students are rarely mistaken for one another.’
The students state, ‘We love this school with all our hearts, but at times we feel that that love is not reciprocated.’
The students’ letter was written in response to ‘multiple instances of racism,’ that surfaced in schools with which Collegiate School shares a close relationship. They specifically highlight a leaked video in which two students at Brooklyn’s Poly Prep were seen in blackface imitating apes.
Kelly herself was embroiled in a career-changing blackface scandal in one year earlier, in 2018, when she defended the wearing of it as part of a Halloween costume and asked, ‘what is racist?’ about it.
Kelly apologized for the remarks made on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today, but the show was cancelled three days later.
Number one of nine demands made by the Collegiate students’ in their open letter, February 2019, was that the administration send an email to the entire Collegiate community (including parents), ‘explicitly addressing and condemning the use of blackface.’ They added, ‘It is never too late to do so.’
They went onto ask the administration to ‘explicitly denounce,’ the use of slurs and derogatory terms – both racial and sexual – and listed these terms as including but not limited to the n-word, ‘f****t,’ ‘retarded,’ ‘m****e,’ ‘s**c,’ ‘c***k,’ ‘k**e.’
‘Collegiate is a place where Black kids get their hair gawked at and constantly touched without their permission as if they were animals in a petting zoo,’ the letter says
‘After years of resisting it, we’re going to leave the city,’ Kelly tweeted on Monday
They complained that since there are ‘no specific punishments’ for the use of such slurs in the school the ‘current standard puts the responsibility on students of color to report.’
They state, ‘We do not want to constantly be labelled as ‘snitches’ or ‘social justice warriors.’
They demanded ‘sensitivity training,’ for faculty and students, ‘around racial slurs in the texts that are read in English and History courses,’ asking that the decision to read these out loud be made on a ‘case by case’ basis and urging a ‘careful reevaluation (sic) of the place of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in Collegiate’s English curriculum.’
The students also requested a ‘serious reevaluation (sic)’ of the school mascot. They write, ‘We suggest a simple removal of the peg leg.’
The school traces its origins back to 1628 when it was established by the Dutch West India Company and Classis of Amsterdam, the parent ecclesiastical body for the Dutch Reformed Church of the colonists of New Amsterdam.
Megyn and husband Doug Brunt trick or treating near their Manhattan home with their sons Edward, 11, and Thatcher Bray, 7; and nine-year-old daughter, Yardley Evans at Halloween in 2019. The former Fox host announced on Monday that the family is leaving New York City
Megyn Kelly’s husband Douglas Brunt arrives to their New York City home with their son on Tuesday after his wife revealed they were pulling their children from their school
The ‘peg leg’ of the school emblem is a reference to Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch director-general of the colony of New Netherland before it was handed over to the English and split into New York and New Jersey.
But, according to the Collegiate students, the school should be stripped of its associations with Stuyvesant – however factually grounded in its history – as he was, ‘a vehement anti-Semite and ruled by hate and racism.’
They go on to demand that the school admit more students of color, create a Student Academic Committee to work to ensure a ‘deeper and more inclusive curriculum,’ giving as an example an effort to ‘look for historians who are not white men’ and strive to employ a more diverse faculty. Because, they state, it is ‘detrimental to every student when their education lacks the frame of reference and point of view of teachers who are not cisgender heterosexual White men.’
The letter was signed by 28 students from the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Collegiate School for comment.