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Tucson High School Parents Claim Administration Ignoring Racist Abuse

An Arizona high school is now investigating complaints of racism, derogatory language and harassment towards black students. Several concerned parents at Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson have complained that the abuse their children are receiving is racially motivated, occurring during after-school sports and on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

The parents say they have lodged complaints with Ironwood administrators for five years over incidents that include black students having food thrown at them and being called the N-word on Facebook. However, they claim that little has been done to solve the problem.

One mom who did not want to be shown on camera said, “It makes me sad that we have come so far, but have gone so backwards.”

The students responded to the principal’s call for an assembly to address racial complaints by posting racist remarks on social media. Some students posted photos of the KKK and encouraged students to wear all white, while one upperclassmen posted on Facebook, “Senior prank someone play ‘My ni***’ on the announcements tomorrow during the assembly. “

Several children have already missed school days because of threats against them, while four black football players have already transferred schools. Other parents are now threatening to do the same. This is not something that they can just brush under the rug,” said a concerned mom. “All of us will just leave the school.”

A statement was released by the school which said the District Office has started an immediate investigation and that students are continuing to be interviewed.

(Photo: Ironwood Ridge High School)

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  • Barbara King

    Five years is too long to wait for administration to resolve a situation that should not be happening in 2013. African Americans have climbed that mountain, and obviously, someone didn’t get the message. Parents, exercise your rights to seek recourse beyond Ironwood Ridge High School. Demand that your students are afforded a safe, learning environment, one devoid of racist remarks and name calling and other acts of degradation. If this has been reported for five years and nothing had been resolved, it means that someone is looking the other way, assuming the situation will take care of itself! Parents, you must stand your ground and fight this injustice where you are, moving your student to another place is transferring the problem. You may find them there also. Let the administrations know that racist behavior will not be tolerated wherever your child attends school, because it is wrong. You might be surprised how many parents will stand with you.