School District in New Jersey Pays $25K to Settle Racial Harassment Lawsuit

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Okay y’all, I’m starting to think that schools might be some of the most racist places in America. We all know kids have zero chill, but the level of racist behavior coming from both students and teachers seems like it’s becoming more and more common.


According to NBC News, the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in New Jersey has paid $25,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the mother of a 10-year-old boy. The mother filed suit after her Puerto Rican son was the frequent target of racist bullies. Filed in January 2019, the lawsuit states that the boy was racially harassed by three classmates during the 2017-2018 school year and the school did nothing to prevent it.

The bullying first started in November 2017 when one of his classmates called the boy a racial slur. When the mother found out what happened she told the principal’s assistant and a school counselor but no action was taken according to the lawsuit. The bullying would continue on a daily basis throughout 2018 with the bullies calling him a “fat boy,” posting online that no one should be his friend, tripping him in the hall, calling him “a mistake,” and stabbing him in the leg with a pencil. The mother reported all of these incidents and no disciplinary action was taken by the school.


Things came to a head in May 2018 when the child was in the bathroom and one of his bullies kicked a bucket at him that was under a urinal and collecting urine and water. The mother then filed a harassment complaint at the school only for the school to suspend her son for three days over a comment he made to his harasser.

Apparently, kicking human waste at a kid is perfectly chill but using bad language, that’s where the school has to draw the line.

I’m getting the impression that this town is racist as fuck. Ten-year-olds have to learn that level of dickheadedness firsthand. The fact that the school’s administration did nothing for a whole year is one thing. It’s a whole other thing when the only disciplinary action they eventually took was against the kid getting bullied. That’s, as we say, that bullshit.

I’m happy that they ran the family their coin but I really hope the kid is going to a new school. 

Jr Staff Writer @TheRoot. Watcher of wrestling, player of video games. Mr. Steal Your Disney+ Password.

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The cruelty that children of color meet in schools is well known to me. Children being cruel, especially racist kids (often due to racist parents), is torture for the victimized kids but kids are more or less unaware of the full nature of their evil. But adults... Adults, especially in education, who gleefully take part in the racist cruelty towards children are the most monstrous, sociopathic and vile conniving pieces of shit that deserve the worst to come to them. When I was a child, I was subjected to racist taunting and harassment from one of my first grade teachers. She lobbied the school to send me to a remedial school despite my good grades. My grades began to slip when she ramped up her taunting and bullying, often trying to get the class behind her. Thankfully, being that we were in first grade, most of the kids were just confused or uninterested. But that behavior haunted me, made me feel utterly worthless and like an other. I hold a special place in my heart for children of color who are traumatized by the racist actions of school officials, and those who opt not to do anything about it.

I did have a few advocates, like my third grade teacher who slammed my first grade teacher after the latter witch went to the school board arguing for my removal (despite her having nothing to do with me anymore), so I was lucky in some respects. But it shaped the way I felt about myself, and others like me. A lot of self-hate and hatred for my fellow people followed suit, which was basically internalized white supremacy. I’m telling you, these are evil people who will forever destroy the lives of children they willingly victimize, or allow it to happen unfettered. They need to be dealt with harshly.