Parents concerned over ‘segregated’ roller rink event that included some schools, not others

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GRANDVILLE — A roller rink in Grandville is facing backlash after it hosted a homecoming dance that some parents are describing as racist.

“We’ll be hosting a multi-school dance party complete with DJ and sound system, laser light show and photo opportunities, help us spread the word!” the event from Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink read on social media, according to screenshots sent to WOOD TV-8.

“This exclusive event is welcoming all current high school students with a valid student ID from the following schools,” the event read, followed by a list of 11 area high schools.

A roller rink in Grandville is facing backlash after it hosted a homecoming dance that some parents are describing as racist.

They included: Allendale High School, Byron Center High School, Grandville Calvin Christian High School, Grandville High School, Hudsonville Freshman Building and Hudsonville High School, Jenison High School, South Christian High School, Tri-Unity Christian School, Unity Christian High School, Wayland High School and Zeeland East and West High Schools.

Viewers and social media users who contacted WOOD pointed out schools invited to the Saturday event were all predominantly white, while more diverse schools were discluded.



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