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Research aimed at specific race upsets parents

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A consent form sent home with certain students in the Charleston County School District has some parents outraged.

The study to research the success of students without a father figure was allegedly only sent home to African American males.

The point is to "evaluate whether there's a relationship between fatherless families, self esteem, academic achievement, and community setting" but it's the fatherless part that has one dad, Steven White, fired up.

"Only black kids don't have fathers? I understand the context of the study but I just think it was very inappropriate," he said.

While White said he understands the research and admits he does not know the researcher or the researcher's race, he finds the subject offensive because his 13-year-old was upset when none of the other students in class were given this same sheet.

"He was singled out because of his race, not academics or behavior but strictly because of his race and when he told me how it made him feel, he said he was embarrassed and ashamed and he hid the form from his fellow students."

Although it clearly states the school district has no part in this research, CCSD said they did approve the form to go home with students and noted this is not the first time they've approved statistic-gathering research, but declined speaking on camera.

Meanwhile, White claims he spoke with his son's principal. "She said well I really don't see a problem with it," White said. "I told her I felt it was inappropriate and something like this should never be given to a child. If anything it should've been in a sealed envelope and mailed home for the parent."

The school district said they equally approve research for students of other races and nationalities as well.

News 2 made several attempts earlier this week to contact the woman conducting the study but she has not returned the calls.

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