A 12-year-old girl in Georgetown, Texas, said her fellow classmates told her she looked like an ape, called her a slave and pretended to whip her.
The girl is a student at Tippit Middle School in Georgetown ISD. According a report obtained by the Austin-American Statesman, in March a classmate followed a black student around the school tennis court saying, “you’re my slave now.” The girl allegedly used a piece of trash and pretended it was a whip. She’s also accused of pointing at a picture of an ape on her phone and saying, “This is what you look like.”
The victim also pointed out a boy who reportedly began a dispute in the cafeteria. When confronted he allegedly said, “You’re not really going to take the word of a BLACK person over the word of a WHITE person, are you?”
In a separate incident in May, a boy reportedly moved from his classroom seat, away from the black student, and said he didn’t “sit next to apes.”
The report also stated that the victim told her schoolmates: “That’s racist and mean. Stop it!”
The same record of the incidents stated that the school “provided additional re-teaching to students who engaged in inappropriate behaviors. All substantiated misbehavior by the involved students was addressed and consequences were assessed in accordance with our Georgetown I.S.D. Student Code of Conduct and with our campus restorative justice approach to discipline management.”
It did not specify how the students were disciplined.
The father of the victim and a civil rights attorney, Robert Ranco, is not satisfied with how the district handled the racially charged harassment.