An 11-year-old white girl has been charged with a hate crime after a 10-subjecting a ten-year-old Black girl to "racially motivated language" and a black eye.
A total of three students were charged in the attack. Village police charged two girls, ages 10 and 11, with second-degree harassment. The 11-year-old was additionally charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime.
The 10-year-old victim lost hair due to her hair being pulled and sustained a bruise to her knee after falling backward into the school bus seat from her hair being pulled, according to the police.
"How do we become better out of this? How do we treat everyone better?" superintendent of the Gouverneur Central School District Lauren French said to WWNY news, adding that the district has "reached out to various resources we have access to, to provide additional training to our staff and additional training, support, recognition, conversation to our student body."
According to the news outlet, a bus monitor, employed by First Student, the company which provides bus service to the Gouverneur district, allegedly witnessed the attack and made no effort to stop or prevent it.
Police charged the monitor, 28-year-old Tiffany Spicer with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police said Spicer is white. First Student has been asked to provide additional training to bus aides and monitors.
"It is probably the most professionally devastating event since I started working at Gouverneur in 1984," French said. “I firmly believe we are better than this, and we have to take a stand,”