CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A community is on edge after an alleged racial incident at Manchester High School Thursday.
Parents say enough is enough and they want to make sure they stop the hate before things get out of hand.
“Go back to where you came from. You don’t belong here,” Keisha Brayboy-Miles
Those are the words that started a fight inside the halls of Manchester High School Thursday.
“He called her a N**** and said that black people needed to go back to Africa where they came from and they didn’t belong here,” Miles said.
Anthony Miles and Keisha BrayBoy-Miles said it happened after their 10th grade daughter confronted the white student for waving the confederate flag.
“I guess she blanked out and it ended being a physical situation,” Brayboy-Miles said.
They said it’s not something their daughter was proud of- in fact the school suspended her for 10 days.
“It’s not just about my child being safe but it’s about all the children being safe feeling like they can come to school and get an education without fear of their lives,” Father Anthony Miles said.
The fear hitting close to home after both Chesterfield police and School officials confirm there were threats of violence toward the school circulating on social media.
“My heart sunk and I got a lump in my throat because it lets me know that my daughter was not lying,” Brayboy-Miles said.
Officials said they investigated and found the threat not to be credible but added extra security Friday for students out of an abundance of caution.
A photo was posted Friday morning inside the same halls of the school, but with a different student.
“One was posted this morning of a student holding a confederate flag inside of Manchester high school,” Brayboy-Miles said.
These parents say they just want their school to be a safe place for all.
“That’s the biggest thing for me that everybody feels safe and there are precautions to make sure nothing like this happens again and it doesn’t escalate to a tragedy,” Anthony Miles said.
The parents have filed the appeal for the suspension to be lifted in hopes their daughter can safely return to school next Tuesday after Presidents Day.
Manchester High School Principal sent this message to parents on Thursday night:
I wanted to let you know that our administrative team and police have investigated a statement made earlier today by an upset student after he was involved in an altercation. The statement referenced violence against our school.
My administrative team followed our school's safety protocols and investigated with police support. We are aware that some students are talking about this incident on social media; however, there is no credible threat against our school based on the investigation. We have met with the families of the students involved and put plans in place to ensure the safety of all of our students.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are working to have additional police presence at school tomorrow.
I look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Friday for a half-day of learning.