A Michigan eighth grader who was taunted with racial slurs on a school bus says he’s afraid to return to school, where the bulliers have returned with no more than a proverbial slap on the wrist, according to WDIV-TV.
The station reports that Bloomfield Hills Middle School honor-roll student Phoenix Williams says he doesn’t really feel safe going back to school because “both of them are going to be there,” according to the station.
Willliams captured two of his classmates calling him a “dirty ni***r” on video on the way on a field trip, and said that no one spoke up to challenge the profanities being used against him.
The eighth-grader said he took out his cell phone March 13 and recorded the pair turned around in their seats and harassing him. “I’ll give you a piece of candy if you call Phoenix a dirty n****r,” one of the boys says.
Another boy grabbed his hat and tossed it toward the back of the bus, and the teens threatened to break his phone if he told on them, Phoenix said.
He said no other students spoke up in his defense.
WDIV reports that Williams’ mother contacted police, and an investigation was opened, and that the Oakland County District Attorney is looking into possible “ethnic intimidation” charges. In addition, Bloomfield Hills School District Superintendent Robert Glass said action against the boys was taken but the never revealed the specific punishment, which is looking unacceptable to some folks including Williams’ mother Shanari Williams.
Shanari says she doesn’t believe the school is safe for her son, who is an honors student. Phoenix has been working at home since the incident. Raw Story reports that Shanari said she believes one boy was suspended for two weeks and the other for two days, but both teens had returned to school by this Monday.
The parents of one of the teens released a statement: “As parents we are both embarrassed and disappointed by this inexcusable behavior by our son. Under no circumstances do we condone such behavior.”
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