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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A last-minute press conference is called after the Little Rock School District received several media inquiries into allegations that Latino students are being targeted by black students.
Now, superintendent James Holmes is calling on UALR professor Dr. Terry Richard to release the study.
Holmes says he has feelings of resentment after Dr. Richard has made comments about his study called "Operation Intercept."
Dr. Richard focused on Hall high School for his study which included a questionnaire inquiring into sexual harassment and bullying. But Holmes says he's never received any reports of this type of racial violence.
He does, however, believe some of the allegations are probably accurate.
Dr. Richard spoke to the Arkansas Times and says Latino students overwhelmingly wrote in their questionnaires that they face sexual harassment and bullying.
Five out of six Latino elementary girls who took part in the focus group reported being sexually harassed, and comments about African-Americans targeting Latino students were uniform across the board.
Superintendent Holmes repeatedly said that there is no proof of this going on and he wants Dr. Richard to produce the study.
"Dr. Richard says he gave me this report...and I have no board member who has this report," says Holmes who also explained at the press conference that he has worked extensively to find it.