"That is going to make a huge difference," said Brown, who sat on the HCPSS policy committee that made this change. "The majority of teachers in Howard County are white. Because of that and their background, they seem to take when a black student questions them or says anything back to them as disrespect or insubordination. When a black student expresses him or herself or challenges the teacher, it's interpreted as a threat. The teacher thinks, you're disrupting my class, you're disrespecting me, you're not paying attention."