The father of two children who allegedly bullied another child has lost his job after the bullied child’s father posted an emotional YouTube video noting how both the children and their father reportedly called him and his daughter “n–ger.”
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Brad Knudson and his wife adopted an African-American girl 11 years ago. On New Year’s Eve, his now-eighth-grade daughter, Dierdra, was at her Prior Lake, Minn., home taking Snapchats and sending them to friends when two kids started sending racist, derogatory messages to her. She told her dad, who, after several failed attempts to reach the parents of the children bullying his daughter, went to the police. The police coordinated a phone-number exchange between the parents, and Knudson thought the problem was close to being resolved.
After a few conversations with the reported bullies’ father, Knudson took to YouTube to voice his disbelief. In a nearly six-minute-long video, Knudson plays the children’s Snapchat in which they call Dierdra a “slut” and “n–ger,” and then he plays a voicemail from the children’s father, Deron Puro, during which he allegedly calls Knudson a “n–ger lover” and “f-g.”
Knudson’s video went viral, and on Wednesday Fox 9 reported that Puro was let go from his job as an independent contractor. No word on whether Puro’s job loss was directly connected to the video, but the news station notes that Puro is no longer an employee with the company, which was not named.
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is still investigating the incident to determine whether the harassment by the students has been continuous or if the incident was an isolated one.
Thousands of people are offering support and encouragement for the Knudson family, and Dierdra’s mother, Wendy, plans to start her own anti-bullying group because she believes that state and local schools are not doing enough.
Read more at Fox 9.