A Black student at Greendale High School in Wisconsin says she was the victim of a Racial slur, and after standing up for herself, she was suspended.
Chanese Knox says in September a white student called her a “nigger.” She then says she stood up for herself by arguing with the student. The school intervened and the cops were called, and Knox was suspended.
The mother of the victim Diannia Merriett told CBS News,
“How could you suspend the victim of a racial slur?”
There was no Physical fight at all. The mother continued on to say
“This was a very traumatic experience for [Chanese] to be in a place where she thought she was supposed to be safe”,
she continued by asking how could they suspend her daughter for something like this, especially when her daughter didn’t hit anyone, and there was no physical altercation.
Earlier this week Chanese Knox and other students protested the racial environment at the high school where they say the students are allowed to be openly racist without repercussions.
The mother also told the news that Chanese’s grades has suffered since the suspension, saying
“It’s a struggle every morning,”
Merriett met with school to try to resolve the situation but was not happy with their response.
The Superintendent Dr. Gary Kiltz released a statement saying,
“Greendale Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students. District administration takes every student, family and staff concern seriously and investigates all matters brought to our attention. Threats, hate speech and harassment have no place in our school community. In accordance with Federal student privacy laws, we are not able to provide specifics regarding the incident and student consequences referenced. We can tell you that the students involved in this situation have been counseled and appropriate school actions have been taken in accordance with District practice. School administration continues to offer to work with the student and her mother to ensure she feels safe at school. We take these concerns very seriously and will continue to investigate the matters raised.”
Another student at the school, Symone McLain, told the CBS news,
“I shouldn’t have to be afraid to come to school because I feel like I’m going to get angry because somebody’s saying something racist.”