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Winston-Salem Chronicle
75 cents 'T/z^ TwiVi Czfy'j Award-Winning Weekly" VOL. XIX, No. 1
Lakeside woman beaten, terrorized, shot
A Suspect still at large, armed and dangerous
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronicle Staff Writer
A female resident of Lakeside, earlier
this week, gave graphic descriptions of
accounts that have trapped her in a continuing
horrific siege of terror, as the man who
assaulted, threatened and shot her remains at
large.
Alicia Harris, 21, told the Chronicle that
her nightmare began the week of August 17
and continues today. She ended a stormy rela
tionship with Christopher Antonio (Tony) Ross,
20, the father of her seven-week-old baby
because he was getting into trouble with police
and had gun fights with neighborhood foes.
According to reports, Ross returned to
Harris' apartment on Saturday, August 22
with a gun and began to beat her with a pistol
as she bathed her baby and two-year-old son,
Dante Lamonte Harris. Ross' mother, sisters
and cousin then sprayed mace in Harris* eyes,
while he held her uncle and roommate at gun
point Police officials confirmed that arrest
warrants have been issued for Eleanor Ross,
Renee Ross, Charlene Ross and Lisa Ross for
the assault of Ms. Harris who was treated and
released from Bowman Gray Hospital later
Saturday evening.
Ross returned the next day around 10:30
p.m. and shot through her house with a semi
automatic weapon.
"He shot about three or four times," she
said, "and I fell to the floor with Dante, but
couldn't get Jerome (baby) off of the bed."
According to police, a separate warrant
has been issued on Ross for shooting in an
occupied dwelling. "I just wanted him
caught," she said. "1 told them that the man
was armed and dangerous and that I didn't
want anything to happen to my children."
But this bizarre tale did not end there. Ali
cia returned to the Lakeside area on Monday,
where she was shot in the face at 9:15 p.m by
either Ross or the man with him. She is not
sure who shot her. "I was thinking that I was
going to die and I wanted someone to take care
of my children," she said.
Dr. Joseph L. Mikus said he inserted a
metal plate in her jaw and that her face could
begin to return to normal in about six weeks.
Ross reportedly called family members yes
terday and warned the^n that he would find
Alicia.
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NEWS
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Blood donors
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Girl Scouts fire Double
Dutch lady Mattie Peebles
By SHERIDAN HILL
Managing Editor
Hundreds of young girls in
Forsyth County and their parents
know Mattie Peebles as "the Dou
ble Dutch lady." She introduced
them to competitive jump-roping,
which has become well-known in
the community. They know she
brings them jump ropes, coaxes
companies into sponsoring their
out-of-town trips to compete
nationally, and they share her pas
sion for Double Dutch.
But many of them don't know
that for the past eight and one-half
years, her salaried job was as a Girl
Scout field executive. August 7, ,
Peebles was fired by Tarheel Triad
Girl Scout Council Executive
Director Patricia Brandon.
"I am saddened, because I
loved what I was doing," said Pee
bles. She has filed a complaint with
the council regarding her termina
tion.
Neither Brandon nor Peebles
will state the reason for her termi
nation, but a clue can be found in
listening to Peebles compare the
standard duties of a Girl Scout field
executive to her work with Double
Dutch.
Asked to describe the duties of
a field executive, without so much
as a pause, Peebles recites: Hto
oversee volunteers, recruit, train,
and ensure that quality Girl Scout
program is given to the girls. One
of our primary jobs is membership."
But Peebles says black girls v
don't flock to Girl Scouting in the
same percentage as white girls. In
1983, when she was hired to devel
op Girl Scouting in East Winston,
Kernersville, and Walkertown, she
found it hard to sell the traditional
Girl Scout program to inner city
girls. She began using Double
Dutch as a non- traditional way of
reaching girls who wouldn't other
wise be in a troop.
"They may not know the Girl
Scout Promise and the Girl Scout
Law, but they are learning the same
things in a different way - a way
that's important to them."
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S SPECIAL EDUCATION REPORT Q
Minority students disproportionately placed
A 46% of special ed
students are black
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronicle Staff Writer
[First in a series of reports]
Recently the state of North Carolina
and the Winston-Salem school system
have both been recipients of praise for the
improvement in SAT scores, but these
scores are not necessarily indicative of
great strides forward for. the African
American student Figures from the Win
ston-Salem/Forsyth County School admin
istration for the 1991-92 academic year
reveal a more gloomy picture.
Excluding the Academically Gifted
(AG) category in which white students
encompass 90 percent of the total number
of students enrolled, African-American
students make up 46 percent of all stu
dents in special education.
According to school officials, students
must go through an extensive review pro
cess before being placed in one of the spe
cial categories.
Special education categories include
such areas as learning disabled (LD),
behaviorally-emotionally handicapped
Please see page A3
(Vrlifii'ri lh;i(kounf l or Spru;il l(liu;ilion
category Asian Black
EH ? 11Q__.
EM ? 301
LD ? 416
SI 8 513
TOTAL 8 1340
Hispanic Amartoan WhKa Total
Indian
, ? 61 171
? ? 161 462
5 5 940 1366
4 ? 709 1234
9 6 1871 3233
PROORAM DESCRIPTIONS
(EH) Sahavloratly-Kmottonslly Handlcappsd ? student has Inability to: achieve adequate
academic progress (not due to learning disability); inability to maintain satisfactory interpersonal and/
or interpersonal relationships : inappropriate or immature types or behavior or feelings under normal
conditions: a general moods of depression: and a tendency to develop physical symptoms associated
with personal or school problem*
(EM) Msmally Handlcappsd ? student exhibit* significant sobaverage general cognitive function
ing and a reduced rate of learning. The condition exist in conjunction with other adaptive behavior
deficits and affects students educational performance.
(LD) SpaclflO Laarntng PI 1 an lad ? a student who has difficulties in listening comprehension , oral
expression, written expression, reading and or mathematics.
(St) SpacHIo Laamlng Impaired ? A pupil who has s speech-language Impairment, a disorder in
articulation, language, voice and or flnrnry. Not to he confused with variation In dialect or regional,
social or cultural/ethnic language.
SUMMARY: tt-M Aoadstnlc Yaar
41% of African -Americans and 37* of white Americans were enrolled in the above four special
education categories.
There were 37,g91 pupils black and 62 percent while).
other STATISTICS: ( Racial Braakdowrv? Psrsonnoi m WS/PC Schools)
Paraonnal White
Elementary Teachers 776
Secondary Teachers ~ 919
Guidance Counselors 69
Psychological Personnel 1 8
Sourer WS/PC School 1V92 North Carolina Public School! Statistical PmflV
? Black educators
sound off on stats
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronide Staff Writer
Geneva Brown (school board mem
ber -elect District 1) ?
"The numbers don't surprise me, but
what does surprise me is that no one in the
system called for a review of the special
education program. All of these kids come
from the black community and something
is wrong with that."
Walter Marshall (school board mem
ber-elect District 1) ?
"Either we are going to have to take a
stand for our children or we are going to
have to write a whole generation off. My
concern is programs, not schools. If our
children are educated by white female
teachers, then those teachers need to be
sensitized to our children's needs."
Rev. Carlton Eversley
(chairman/education committee,
Citizens United for Justice) ?
"Cultural insensitivity, institutional
j racism, individual and collective bias are ,
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