A 13-year-old boy became the victim of extensive abuse at Haggard Middle School in Plano, Texas. A viral video captures the scene in which several students, led by a white student, forced their black peer to drink urine.
The mother of the victim, Summer Smith, alleges that the bullying has been ongoing since last year. This specific event occurred last month during a sleepover at which the boy suffered further assault when his classmates attacked him using racial slurs.
Smith shamed the school’s response, or rather, its lack thereof. But due to the incident occurring outside of school property, Haggard Middle School claimed to be unable to pursue the matter.
The superintendent released a response confirming that the school was aware of the video and would be taking further steps to determine the proper course of action in response. Sara Bonser, Plano ISD Superintendent, declared that “incidents like this affect our whole community. I want to let our community know that Plano ISD does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment and believe every student must be treated with dignity and respect”.
Smith and her legal team are demanding a proper response from school and law enforcement. In the meantime, a petition in support of the boy has obtained over 100,000 signatures and a GoFundMe campaign has raised over $30,000 for him.