(ALBUQUERQUE) – Offensive behavior in an Albuquerque classroom has a parent fuming after he says his black son was called the “N” word over and over again and a school official knew about the incident but didn’t call him.
The entire incident was recorded on camera by the student making the offensive remarks inside a classroom at the Albuquerque School of Excellence, a charter school.
School officials said he is a middle school student.
The entire video, which lasted 46 seconds long, was filled with racist remarks. One parent said the remarks would soon get personal.
“Look at that organic n***** right there. That is an organic n******. That n***** is organic. Look at that organic n*****. That’s an organic n*****, yes he is,” the student said.
The video was uploaded to social media in January. A parent of another student in the classroom saw it and reported it to a school official in February.
However, the parent of the boy who appeared to be targeted in the video didn’t hear about it until this week. Terrence said it wasn’t school officials that called him. Instead, he had to hear about from the parent who reported the incident and he watched the video Monday night.
“We were shocked, we could not believe what we saw,” Terrence said.
School officials said the students all said they were goofing off and not one said it was bullying. They said the student behind the camera was disciplined and his parents were called.
However, Dean of Elementary Krisiti Del Curto said there was never made any contact with the other parents.
“The parents were not called because it was not seen as a bullying incident,” Del Curto said.
Terrence said it was bullying and this is what his son told him.
“He literally said, ‘I wanted to pretend like it didn’t happen. I didn’t know what to say, how to act, or what to do,’ ” Terrence said.
Terrence said he’s most upset that school officials did not call him. He said he thinks this could have been a good teaching opportunity.
The school would not elaborate on the discipline the student faced. However, they did say that if a situation like this arises again, they will call the parents of all children involved immediately.
School officials said an assistant principal took the report in February. However, the principal said he didn’t see the video until this week.
School officials say initially it was not considered bullying, but after an interview with KRQE, they said it was.
Del Curto said the teacher in the classroom did not hear the racist remarks. The school said they do have anti-bullying assemblies for students and staff.