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The parents of a Black teenager in Woodlands, Texas are concerned about their daughter’s safety after discovering racist messages that were sent by one of her classmates on her phone, the Houston Chronicle reports.

R.J. King—whose daughter attends Woodlands High School—came across racially charged Snapchat messages that his daughter received from a White student, the news outlet writes. The messages were sent after she showed her solidarity with NFL players who have decided to take a knee during the National Anthem in efforts to bring awareness to racial injustice.

The exchange started when her classmate sent a message saying “U liberals dumb as hell,” to which she responded “Not as dumb as you racist.” The conversation then took a threatening turn. “(I don’t know) how the (expletive) racism got brought into this,” said the boy, according to the source.  “Im standin up for my country. We should have hung all u n***** while we had the chance. Trust me it would make the world better.”

After showing her parents the messages, they notified the school and assumed that school officials would reprimand the student. However, the school only provided the girl with counseling and changed the boy’s schedule. Her parents are worried about the safety of their daughter and other Black students who attend Woodlands High School.

The Houston Chronicle reports that school officials told the girl’s parents that they should consider placing her in another school. R.J. King and his wife say that they may take legal action. “This was a serious threat,” said King during a press conference, according to the news outlet. “And so we thought we were going to get a serious response.” Civil Rights groups have shown support for King’s family, stating that the measures the school took were not enough.

Following the incident, the Conroe Independent School District issued a statement. “The campus administered several levels of disciplinary consequences and continues to work with the students involved and their parents,” read the statement. “Campus and district administration are committed to providing safe and caring learning environments for all of our students.”

Racism in high schools has been an ongoing issue. In June, a photo of a 15-year-old Black girl with a noose around her neck was circulated around her chemistry class in California.

SOURCE: Houston Chronicle


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