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Racism in Kansas City area schools

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Instances of bullying and harassment have been increasing for students of color in Kansas and Missouri, and many parents are worried about their children's safety. Plus, residents of Joplin, Missouri, reflect one decade after a tornado destroyed a third of their town.

Reports of racism in Kansas City area high schools are leading to heightened concerns among Black parents and their children. But as KCUR's Luke Martin reports, a recent Blue Springs High School graduate and her mother argue the ways that local students of color are treated poorly are not new.

Last month's devastating tornado outbreaks in Kentucky sparked a massive recovery effort and left residents hoping that life would soon return to some kind of normal. But as KCUR’S Frank Morris reports, residents of Joplin, Missouri, which was hit by an EF5 tornado a decade ago, know better.

Plus, following the holidays, COVID cases in the Kansas City metro have reached their highest point on record.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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