Parents say children bullied over race at Heritage
HOMER — The Heritage School board heard from parents Monday night that their children had been the target of racial bullying.
One parent said her son was called a racial slur, knocked down the bleachers and suffered a concussion. Her daughter was told that she could not use a water fountain due to her skin color.
The parents read letters from students who said they were afraid for their safety, felt threatened at school and did not want to attend school due to bullying.
The parents asked the district to enforce and revise its bullying policy to make it clear to students and parents that this behavior would not be tolerated.
Superintendent Allen Hall said the district does have a bullying policy and does send teachers and staff to bullying workshops. He said they also discuss the issue with their students.
"We have a resource officer that comes in and talks to our students," he said. "We take your comments very seriously and would love to work with you on these issues."
Hall said he was going to meet with the parents in the future to see what more the district can do to prevent bullying.
"We don't want anyone, for any reason, to feel uncomfortable coming to school," Hall said. "Certainly, there is a small minority of students who do the things you said and we do not approve of that."
Hall said he could not share what discipline the alleged bullies had received due to privacy laws.