A black student, Chanese Knox, was suspended from Greendale High School in Wisconsin for one day in September after she was reportedly called the n-word.
Chanese told WDJT that a girl called her the n-word, but the school called the police when Chanese said something to stick up for herself.
Diannia Merriett, Chanese’s mother, told the news station:
How could you suspend the victim of a racial slur? This was a very traumatic experience for [Chanese] to be in a place where she thought she was supposed to be safe.
Merriett met with school officials, but was unhappy with their response. She wants an apology from the school district and Chanese’s suspension overturned.
Superintendent Dr. Gary Kiltz refused to specifically comment on the incident by hiding behind “federal student privacy laws,” which exist to protect students’ grades, but did contradict Merriett in a statement:
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.
Symone McLain, a friend of Chanese, echoed the racism claims about the school:
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.
Yaminah Powell, another friend of Chanese, added:
You have people that will just say [the n-word] freely in the hallways and not realize the magnitude the word has.