In September of last year, a 12-year-old boy, who happened to be black, stared at a white girl and for that, he was suspended from his Catholic school, even though the boy said he thought they were in a staring contest. On Monday, an Ohio court upheld the suspension.
Children stare. My younger brother and I used to love to have staring contests, if for no reason but to potentially annoy the hell out of each other.
The girl claimed that she felt fearful, but the boy says that she was laughing and regardless, he apologized.
I never knew she was scared because she was laughing…I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.
The boy’s parents argued that the punishment was unfair because the girl has a history of much more aggressive behavior, for which she has never been disciplined, so they took it to court.
We did ask for an on camera interview from the school about the story. The referred us to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Their statement read, ‘Judge Patrick Dinkelacker listened to the plaintiff’s arguments yesterday, rejected them, and dismissed the complaint against the school. We aren’t going to comment any further on particular issues concerning our students.’
The family didn’t say that race might have been the cause of the discrepancy, but they aren’t ruling it out. Neither are we.
Here’s the video:
Featured image via video screen capture.