ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The student targeted in a racially charged video became the target of the backlash after his father stood up for him when school officials failed to take action immediately.
In early April, Terrence found out about the video after another parent saw it on social media. He would later learn the incident happened more than a month ago.
The video showed another student repeatedly calling Terrence’s son an “organic n-word” while in his middle school class at the Albuquerque School of Excellence.
A school official found out about the incident soon after it happened. School officials said the student behind the camera was talked to and eventually disciplined. But they didn’t specify if that discipline happened after the video was posted to Facebook and YouTube.
However, Terrence said school officials never told him about it. He said another parent told him about the video and that’s when he contacted the school.
Since Terrence stood up for his son there’s been backlash.
The night KRQE aired the first story someone threw a rock through a school window. Surveillance video captured it all. A police report said a note was attached, that questioned how the school dean handled the video recording incident.
Albuquerque police said they still don’t know who the vandal is.
But Terrence’s son felt the heat.
“He indirectly got blamed for it because they said if he did not come forward none of that would have happened,” Terrence said.
Terrance said while some of his son’s friends have stood by his side there have been other’s that have not.
“He got a lot of good comments from kids saying, hey good thing for standing up,” Terrence said. “But then a lot of people were upset that the school got some negative attention.”
Terrence doesn’t see it that way.
“I blame the school,” Terrence said. “The school knew about it the first day.”
Terrence said had the school better addressed the video, when they first found out about it, this would have all been avoided.
He said his son should not have to pay the price. He hopes this will teach other kids that is okay to stand up against bullying.
For now, Terrence said it had to make the decision to take both his sons out of that school. He said the transition has been hard on his son because he had to leave his friends for something that was not his fault.
He said he’s still waiting for something he asked for nearly a month ago, an apology from the school.
“[They] Never apologized to my son, never apologized to me, never apologized to anyone else involved,” Terrence said.
School officials told News 13 in early April the students all said they were goofing off not one said it was bullying.
KRQE called the school to get a comment from officials when this story aired.
As of the time of this post, school officials had not called back.