Civil rights attorney J. LeVonne Chambers said that Negro students' constitutional rights were violated at last night's televised School Board meeting and that he plans to take "appropriate steps" to insure that these students’ rights are maintained.
Chambers told The News today that 10 to 15 Negro students have been charged with criminal offenses arising out of recent school disruptions and now they’ve been tried already.
"It's like a man charged with murder and the cops go on television and describe what happened before he goes to trial."
Chambers said he represents "eight or ten" of these students who have been charged and several others who have been suspended and are threatened with possible expulsion. . . .
Chambers said watching last night's televised meeting "appalled" him because Negro students had been "tried on television" without any "opposing views" given.
Chambers said that the law requires a hearing before the School Board before a student is expelled.