Two Black teens became the target of racist bullies at a Christian school and now want the school to address the issue.
The parents of the students at Horizon Christian School in Indianapolis’ northeast side claim that their daughters are being bullied and threatened because they are Black.
One of the parents, Alexander Wortham, spoke to The Indy Channel about the incident. He noticed that his daughter, Imani began acting strangely before he and Dominique Duncan discovered that their two high school daughters were being bullied.
“Silence is killing our young people," Wortham said. "People not dealing with the issue. Not dealing with the problem and I think for us, as parents, enough is enough."
“Very let down as a parent. Very let down,” Duncan said.
Imani also spoke to the news outlet along with her friend LaShanti, who can recall when the bullying first started:
“If the school ever gets shot up, you’ll be the first one to get shot,” a male student told her. “He pointed to me personally, he looked me in the eye,” Imani said.
“He said he would sell me into slavery if I didn’t do what he said and then he started making little jingles about slavery,” LaShanti said.
The parents received from a school administrator stating that the school suspended the student last week after the girls’ parents brought the issue to the administration’s attention. He was back in class the following Monday.
The girls did not feel comfortable returning to school that week.
“We should be able to go to school and not feel threatened, scared or having to be on edge the whole time,” Imani said.
Both parents want the school to create more concrete policy changes on bullying and have even suggested an all-school assembly or bringing experts in, to discuss race relations and bullying.
The Horizon Christian School principal has refused to comment on the matter.