An 8-year-old Tucson, Arizona, boy was abused, demeaned, beaten in a school which then used their power to punish the same boy instead of helping him.
Sue N’Goran went to school officials at a Tuesday, Nov. 15 school board meeting to demand attention over the incidents that, in one case, sent her son to the hospital.
During an exclusive with Arizona’s ABC 13 News, N’Goran shares that her son’s self-esteem has been affected greatly because of the persistent bullying.
“He’s been bullied by these children. … Saying that he’s brown only because he’s so dirty that he can’t get cleaned,” N’Goran tells reporters, her voice breaking near the end. “He’ll sit in the bathroom and scrub his skin trying to get the brown off of him. And asking me, ‘Why did you make me brown if you know I was going to get bullied?'”
During the board meeting, N'Goran recalls a district administrator told her that they would end the bullying as of that night. N'Goran said the district administrator told her 'we're going to tackle this bullying issue and we're going to take care of it.' Delighted, she said she came the next day with her daughter to meet with an advocate for her son. But her excitement soon disappeared because she found out that the principal and director refused to admit that they promised to tackle race-based hate crimes.
Later at home, she said she got a call from campus security. She was told, "I'm serving you over the phone you are not to step foot on TUSD property, the school or the district ever again in your life or your son. If you do you will be arrested." The charge: Interference with an Educational Institution.
"Never have I made a threat to anyone regardless on school campus or off. That has never happened," said N'Goran.