Mother of G-E-T student speaks out against racial slurs and threats
Administrator says, "the situation is as bad as it sounds"
A racially charged incident is leading to an investigation in the G-E-T School District.
According to G-E-T District Administrator Aaron Engel, the incident involving students at the high school happened on Monday.
District officials are *not* able to share more details about the incident as it’s being investigated.
In a statement released to News 8 Now, the district administrator says in part quote, “While I cannot go into detail, I can share that the situation is as bad as it sounds.”
Engel also shared, “The bottom line is that we are better than this.
We are appalled by the incident and are taking it very seriously. We have conducted an investigation and will issue the appropriate discipline per the school district’s disciplinary code. Because the situation involved a threat against a student, we also brought in law enforcement to conduct a safety assessment and address any potential criminal
issues. There is simply no place for racist or threatening behavior in our schools.”
After speaking to the mother of the boy who was the target of the threats, Amanda Redsten talked about how this ordeal started on Monday and since that time their lives have been turned upside down.
In a Facebook post made by Redsten, she described in her own words what happened.
“Some of you know my son is a victim of multiple crimes and school policy infractions that took place at school this week. Not only has his life been threatened but also his civil rights have been violated! ”
It continued, ” One boy took a picture of my son (unknowingly in class) put a noose in the picture as well and captioned it “tar & feather this N!$$@” and posted it to group chat labeled “small town boys.””
And even with these threats, Redsten’s son made the decision not to miss school, “We have not pulled him out of school at all. He feels that he has a right to be there. He wants to be there. He felt safe to be there because these boys have not been there and he feels loved by everybody else.”
In her Facebook post Redsten also wanted to make sure people understood she wanted this situation to be taken seriously, but wasn’t looking to be vindictive, “Again to be clear I am by NO means shaming any parents, the school as a whole, or the police. As long as the appropriate action is taken, my son and students are safe, people are aware, and awareness is spread, I will be satisfied!”
Redsten wants to make sure something is done to keep this from happening again to her son or anyone else, “It’s absolutely so sad that things like this are happening. my Inbox has been flooded with story after story after story of parents from here and surrounding communities and all over of kids who have gone through similar situations. And it has really opened my eyes that something has to be done. There is no reason our kids shouldn’t be able to attend school and not feel like they are being treated differently based on the color of their skin.”
The G-E-T District Administrator also says, “We have conducted an investigation and will issue the appropriate discipline per the school district’s disciplinary code. Because the situation involved a threat against a student, we also brought in law enforcement to conduct a safety assessment and address any potential criminal issues. There is simply no place for racist or threatening behavior in our schools.”
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