I am not one to be quick about throwing down the race card, because frankly I feel that it’s pulled out just a little too much these days. But there are times when it’s just blatantly obvious and for that reason among many others I am putting Horry County Schools in South Carolina on BLAST. One student has been suspended while another is being sought on criminal charges and why? Because one child is homeless, also not a student; and the other spent his lunch break feeding him out of the same car that he was allowing him to live in. The name of the good Samaritan student has been withheld, but I find it very discriminatory that the name of “criminal” in this case is Santos and has been smeared all through the media even though he is still a minor and no consent has been given. It has been noted that for quite some time now South Carolina has had a rapidly growing Hispanic community, and now it is becoming apparent that with new laws requiring strict background checks that many of these people can no longer find work to support themselves and their families. Without proper documentation many of their children cannot enroll in school either. The homeless 17 year old Santos had been living out of his friend’s car, and his friend would take him food from the cafeteria on his lunch break and spend time with him walking around campus until it was time for him to return to class. Yes, these actions did provide a security risk, but since when do we see a child in need and take out a warrant for his arrest? Well in the state of South Carolina it seems that is exactly what they do when it’s a possibility that child could be an illegal immigrant. Perhaps this is just my opinion but had his last name been less Hispanic, child protective services would have been called, not the police. And why would we they suspend a child who was doing the very thing that we all should be doing as humans in this society by actually giving a damn. They should have rewarded this child, not ostracize him from proper education. He could have just cut class and hung out with his homeless friend all day, but instead he was doing EVERYTHING he was supposed to do and the reaction of the school was to punish him for it? For shame South Carolina. You are just as backwards as I’ve always thought you were.