In San Bernardino County, legal action is being brought against the Upland Unified School District because of allegedly racist cards created by pupils at Pepper Tree Elementary School.
Christopher Newman, a parent, cried as he claimed, “Our son was targeted,” during a press conference on Monday. “What we want is there to be transparency.”
The Cochran Firm and the families of Black and biracial children bullied at the Upland school have filed a lawsuit in response to a string of homemade cards that contained offensive language and artwork.
11 and 12-year-old victims of bullying claimed on Monday that sixth graders teased them while they were in tears.
One of the cards said, “Your [sic] my favorite monkey,” while another said, “To my favorite cotton picker,” according to the Cochran Firm. Another pupil was informed that she would receive a drawing featuring the phrase “You’re my favorite slave” next to a picture of a Black person hanging from a tree.
Parents claim that the cards are merely the most recent instance of the prejudice their children have encountered at school, with no repercussions for the bullies.
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The district’s regularly scheduled meeting was held last week. Parents complained that the community took too long to alert other families about the incident in a letter.
The parents intend to file a civil rights lawsuit against the district. They are requesting an investigation from the California Attorney General.
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