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For many parents, knowing their kids are in school surrounded by friends and the protection of adults for most of the day gives them peace of mind while at work.
However, this was far from the case for some parents in Minnesota who say their kids were left in a volatile and racist environment. As a result, a school in Minnesota is being sued hard by parents that are alleging their Black children were violently abused by classmates and even teachers.
A group of parents are coming together to demand compensation and “systemic changes” at Duluth Edison Charter Schools after their kids in elementary and middle school endured the unthinkable.
The lawsuit claims that the victims were “bit, punched, kicked, pinched and spit on.”
One incident, specifically, says that a Black student was spit on so much that she had to change her clothing.
It is also alleged that White classmates repeatedly called Black students the N-word, negro, monkey and reportedly told them they resemble “what’s inside a toilet.”
Most disturbingly, the lawsuit also says that In 2017, a White student at North Star Academy said they would stab a Black kindergartner in the eye with a screwdriver.
“There’s been a lot of frustrated families in the Duluth Edison community,” Rebekah Bailey, an attorney who is representing the parents told NBC News.
“The families in this case, all they really ever wanted is for their children to be treated fairly at school. They fought long and hard to remedy their individual situations as best they could through the system. This case was only filed when they exhausted those opportunities.”