It’s official: the US is going back to the 19th century when it comes to racism. Last fall, a black boy at a private school, St. Gabriel Consolidated, was suspended after he stared at a white girl in a staring contest. School officials said they suspended the 12-year-old because he was intimidating the girl, who was giggling the entire time.
Last time I checked a staring contest typically involves two people, but who cares about those rules! After losing the staring contest, the girl apparently went home and told her parents the boy’s stare had intimidated and scared her.
Her parents contacted the school authorities, who decided that staring was a good enough reason to suspend a black boy. They even made him write an apology letter saying he meant no harm.
I never knew she was scared because she was laughing. I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.
The boy’s parents couldn’t believe this level of racism still exists, especially in school, so they took the school to an Ohio court to get the suspension erased and clean the boy’s permanent record. But the court clearly didn’t see anything wrong with this whole fiasco, because they recently ruled that the boy deserved his suspension.
Incidentally, the girl was involved in another incident at school that was much worse than just staring. She poured milk all over someone else’s lunch.
When school authorities heard of this, they decided she had done nothing wrong and they took no action against her. So it seems that ruining someone’s lunch is nowhere near as bad as staring at someone.
The boy’s family wants to file an appeal, and I don’t blame them. This is how we turn innocent children into racist monsters. A school has pupils from different races, backgrounds and beliefs.
Teachers should teach them the importance of accepting each other, no matter how they look. But showing favoritism in this way only shows kids that being a certain color will let you get away with anything, and for every other color, being unjustly punished is the norm.
The fact that a law court upheld the suspension is even worse. Thanks to them, this boy’s permanent record is tarnished and it will affect his chances of employment in future–something that’s already tough enough for young black men.