Mother: Son gets in trouble after being victim of racism

Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque Public Schools


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque mom said a student should get in trouble for what he said to her son. She said the racist attacks have been going on for weeks and teachers have done nothing to stop it.

Kimberly Lucero said she got a call from her son’s school on Friday morning.

“When I got there they told me Josiah threw another kid to the floor for calling him the N word,” Lucero said.

Josiah Lucero is a 6th grader at Taylor Middle School. He said the other student has even made up a song to make fun of his race and sings it to him during class.

“Josiah told me after the fact that this little boy parades around the classroom singing, ‘I have a black boy, I own a black boy,'” Lucero said.

According to Josiah, teachers have blown it off. Josiah said he confided in a security guard that works on campus, but still nothing was done. He said he and the other student have four classes together.

Then, Thursday, he said the student cursed at him and called him the “N-word” during class. Josiah said he had enough and pushed him at school the next morning.

“It made me feel a little angry and I didn’t want to go back to school because of that,” Josiah said. “No one should be picked on like that and I left it alone for a long time.”

Lucero said she’s not making any excuses for what her son did.

“It was not okay for him to put his hands on the student,” she said. “He’s accepting responsibility. What made me more upset is there was no repercussion for the other child.”

Josiah was suspended for three days. According to Lucero, the other student returned to class that day and was back to school again on Monday.

APS could not comment or say if this other student was disciplined. The district referred KRQE News 13 to the APS handbook. It shows students can be suspended for using abusive language, but only after they’ve gotten in trouble twice for it. The first case may result in staff members addressing the issue with the student and their parents.

Lucero said there is more than just one type of bullying and feels the other student should face the same consequences.

“I just want him to be able to go to school and know that he’s safe and know that he matters,” Lucero said.

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