AFRICANGLOBE – A young boy from the US was suspended from his school for “intimidating” a white girl by staring at her.
According to Fox 19, the incident happened last September at St Gabriel Consolidated School in Indiana.
The 12-year-old school boy’s parents filed a suit to try and get the suspension erased claiming the school didn’t give their son due process.
A judge denied the claim, which means for now, the suspension of the 12-year-old stands.
“The perception is he intimidated her,” said the child’s mother, Candice Tolbert.
“My son stared at a girl who was engaged in a staring game,” Tolbert added. “She giggled the entire time.”
According to court papers, the female student “felt fearful” after the staring game.
The girl’s parents notified the school on a Tuesday – a day after the incident. That same Tuesday, teachers informed the schoolboy about the complain , but did not tell the Tolbert’s until Wednesday.
By that time, their son had already written an apology letter, which the parents said they were unaware of until notified by the school.
In the letter, the 12-year-old wrote, “I never knew she was scared because she was laughing.
“I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.”
During an interview with the Tolberts, they were asked if they felt race played a part in their child’s suspension.
They said they are not ready to pull out the race card, but are concerned the way their son was treated. They question the punishment their son received and the non-punishment they claim the alleged victim received in an earlier incident.
“The same girl that accused my son of this act of perception of intimidation, aggressively poured milk on someone else’s lunch. When she did that there was no penalties for that. She received nothing for that,” said their disappointed mother.
The parents are considering appealing the judge’s decision. When did staring at someone became a crime in America?
By: Rykesha Hudson
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