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Cell phone footage has captured the moment a school bully spews racist abuse at at a 14-year-old boy after stealing his phone.
The parents of Jaylen Leeks said they are outraged after they found a video of their son trying to retrieve his snatched phone from students who were captured calling him the N-word.
Jaylen’s mother, Shonerika Leeks, took to social media to demand more action by school officials, claiming her son has suffered multiple racist incidents at iMater Middle/High Charter school in Hialeah, Florida.
In an Instagram post posted on Wednesday she said at the beginning of the school year a boy at the school called her son the N-word, forcing her and her fiancé to go to the school.
She said school administrators apologized for the incident, suspended the student for three days and that they received an apology letter from the boy two days later.
But Leeks said on Tuesday she found her son crying in bed and when she asked what was wrong he replied: ‘I was called N****r again.’
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Leeks posted footage of her son reaching through a fence trying to get his phone while the girl laughs at him and says ‘look at this n*****’
Jaylen’s mother said that her son has been called the N-word at the Florida school on more than one occasion
14-year-old Jaylen Leeks (pictured) said the situation was ‘ridiculous’ and said the bullying needs to stop
Leeks took to Instagram and posted a picture of two female students posing for a selfie with Jaylen’s phone after he lent it to one of the students ’cause he is a nice kid’
But then, Leeks says the girl took his phone, took multiple pictures of herself and friends and recorded a video of herself calling the 14-year-old the N-word.
She posted footage of her son reaching through a fence trying to get his phone while the girl laughs at him and says ‘look at this n*****’
‘The whole time my son is reaching for his phone back and she refuses to give it back to him,’ she wrote in her caption. ‘I guess she gave it back the phone once she was done embarrassing my son….My son no longer wants to go to school and this hurts my heart that my son experienced this.’
The 14-year-old told WSVN.com that the bullying needs to stop.
‘I think everybody should be kind to each other because we’re both human beings, and we should all respect each other,’ Jaylen said. ‘It’s just ridiculous because this really needs to stop.’
Leeks said the incident has been painful for her to deal with.
‘It hurts, it’s saddening, it’s sick, it’s disgusting, it’s frustrating, you know?’ she told WSVN.com
iMater Middle/High Charter School released a statement in response to the video saying the school has zero tolerance for bullying.
Shonerika Leeks (pictured) took to social media to get the word out about multiple racist incidents against her son at iMater Middle/ High Charter school
iMater Middle/High Charter School released a statement in response to the video saying the school has zero tolerance for bullying
‘We are outraged by the actions of the individuals in the video,’ the statement read. ‘We stand in solidarity with the victim and his family and pledge our commitment to ensure this does not happen again. We have zero-tolerance for racism and bullying.’
But the 14-year-old’s parents said they heard that promise before and are questioning whether or not Jaylen should return to the school.
‘It just hurts my heart because I send my son to school to get an education and to feel safe and to be safe and they violated that,’ Leeks told WSVN.com
Leeks said school officials disciplined the student on video captured using the racial slur but she said she wants all the students who stood by and did nothing to be punished as well.