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Academic Magnet to meet with Bonds-Wilson alums to discuss sharing school's history

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Officials at Academic Magnet will hold a meeting Tuesday evening to discuss with teachers how to share the racial history of the school with future students. 

Academic Magnet High School teachers will meet with the alumni of Bonds-Wilson High School at 7 p.m. Prior to becoming Academic Magnet it was Bonds-Wilson High School, an all black school. 

Alums of Bonds-Wilson want to share their school's history with the students following last year's allegations of racism surrounding the football team's victory celebrations. 

Charleston County School District investigated after being notified football players would smash a watermelon while making "monkey sounds." A caricature was drawn on the watermelon and named Bonds Wilson, officials said. 

The allegations led to the firing of head coach Bud Walpole, who was later reinstated following the investigation. 

According to the school, a committee of alumni is also working the Academic Magnet Principal Judith Peterson to create Bonds-Wilson displays that will be set up around the school.

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