Two juniors at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico were suspended for ten days after posting a photoshopped image on Snapchat of an African-American student with KKK hoods digitally superimposed on her classmate’s faces.
Mary Morrow-Webb, the mother of the girl in the picture, told KOB:
It was awful. It was frightening. I just really got sick to my stomach. I was afraid for my daughters and for the other children there that are at risk for these types of threats.
One of the students suspended was also kicked off the football team.
Lamont Webb, the girl’s father, added: “You don’t expect your kids going to school and having to deal with racism and discrimination in 2017. It’s kind of appalling.”
Webb said his daughter and her two sisters haven’t gone back to school since the picture incident.
“And now they say they can’t go back,” Morrow-Webb stated. “And we can’t afford to send our daughters to private school, so what options do they have? They finally have broken my girls. So what do we do?”
For three years, the parents have been reporting incidents of racism and bullying toward their children, but say the school has done nothing.
“We’ve been coming in with complaints of my daughter saying someone called her the N-word,” Webb recalled. “Someone called her a porch monkey and different things like that on a regular basis.”
Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy told the news station:
We took this to our police department. They came and investigated and are really looking very carefully at whether we should file charges for hate crimes. This is something we’re looking at very carefully because it’s this serious.
The fact is that [the principal] is out to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. She is adamant that the school is going to be safe for every single student that attends, and I would encourage any parent who has any concerns to contact Ms. Bannerman because she will look into it and they would be heard.