Taylor Armbrester, a 10-year-old black student, told that he’s been consistently punched, kicked and called demeaning names by bullies at Chelsea Park Elementary School, which he transferred to in the fall, because the teachers refuse to stop it.
“‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, you should be too. Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, why aren’t you? Roses are red, violets are blue, God made me pretty, what happened to you?’” Taylor said, recounting what was said to him by a classmate.
Another boy accused him of stealing a fidget spinner and then punched him in the face. “He lost it out of his book bag,” Taylor explained.
The Alabama fifth grader has also been called “black boy” and “retarded” by his classmates.
This racial taunting has nevertheless made him stronger. Taylor comments that his classmates "think they can just do it to me,” adding that “they think I’m dumb or something.”
Strangely, Assistant Principal Mary Anderson and the counselor met with Taylor and his mother Friday and said there is not a problem with racial bullying at the school. The school chose to use the old “isolated incident” excuse rather than accept and deal with the problem.