Highland family angry over son's schoolyard attack
The boy, who is half-black, was playing with friends during a physical activity period at St. Adelaide School when one student is suspected of grabbing a jump rope, wrapping it around the teen's neck "and commenced to drag him around the play area," Curtis said.
Other youngsters threw basketballs at him and used racially insensitive comments, the attorney said.
When the incident occurred the school did not immediate action. Two weeks later, only after the parents complained, were the attackers suspended for up to 5 days.
Although the teen's parents filed a police report and put their son in another school, he still is receiving threats of retaliation from the boys via the Internet and through mutual acquaintances, Curtis said.
Very sad. I did some research on this school. It is very small, with less than 250 students in K-8th grade. There are only about thirty-four 7th graders at the school. On paper, it looks like a good school.
Another news article reported that another racially motivated attack occurred at the school last year in the 6th grade involving another victim. Since last years attack was in 6th grade and this year attack involved a 7th grader, I would guess that that same group of boys were responsible for both incidents.
The school response to this problem: classroom sessions were being planned to discuss with students the "use of certain words." Forcusing only on the words seems to be a bit trivial. It is allowing a group of students to assault another student and harrass the victim that I have a problem with.
I found this comment on the newspaper article.
This article does not mention that the victim was seen playing and laughing with the accused immediately after this incident happened and throughout his stay. Many students, faculty, and parents witnessed the aftermath.
An important fact is that the victim’s sister is happily still attending the school and is involved in extra curricular activities.
My prayers go out to the victim, his parents and those of the accused!!
charles powell | 04.20.07 - 2:42 pm | #
And so the plot thickens. Was the boy covering up his embarrassment or did the parents blow the incident out of proportion? Does the commentor really know what happened? We will probably never know.
The big question is, "What have these young men learned about the world from this incident?"
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