RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An alleged attack on a special needs student has his mom questioning if it is a case of bullying, or if her son was a target because of the color of his skin.
The mom claims the problems began at the start of the school year and she started documenting the incidents involving her 12-year-old son. She produced a journal full of detailed claims of how her son was harmed at school, and took pictures of his recent injuries.
She gave her son a cellphone as a way to make him feel more comfortable, and said four days out of five, her son would call her crying throughout the school day.
She said she had called the school and met with administrators, but explained the bullying began to escalate. "[On Wednesday] he came out crying. He had been thrown up against the locker, by four or five other students. I can't use the language they used on camera, it was racially....they said they were doing it because he was white," the student's mom said.
She said she had to bring her son to the hospital following the incident, and showed a note from the doctor saying her son suffered from a concussion.
According to a spokesperson for Richmond Public Schools, those injuries were never reported to the school. That spokesperson also said the administration launched an investigation, but did not see reason to believe it was racially-motivated.
Richmond Public schools released a statement saying:
School officials referred to a section in the SCORE handbook, saying bullying and other acts of intimidation are prohibited.
For the student's mother, the latest incident was the last straw. She has pulled her son from school with plans to homeschool him, saying it wasn't worth risking his safety.
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