Sixth Grader Threatened With Racist Note: You Don’t Belong Here “N**ger”

Authorities in Indiana are investigating racial threats made against a sixth grader who attends Concord Intermediate School.

NyZeria Neely has been a student at Concord schools for years and never expected to become the target of racist peers.

“I never expected this to happen in sixth grade,” she told WSBT 22 .

NyZeria says a classmate called her the N-word once, then on another occasion she found a note in her locker telling her to watch her back. About a week later, there was another note left in her locker, again calling NyZeria the N word, and telling her that she doesn’t belong.

NyZeria says, “I was irritated and aggravated. It was just depressing.”

The girl spoke with the principal about the note but was told not to worry about it.

“A couple minutes after that he called me down to his office and we talked about it. He told me not to worry about the note because it was just words. But, I felt like it was more than just words,” NyZeria recalled.

The family feels like the district failed their daughter and that everyone from the school resource officer to the superintendent didn't take this seriously.

Avonn Pratcher is NyZeria's father. He says, "I feel that my child shouldn't be going through this."

NyZeria's mother Gina Neely says from the time her daughter was called the N-word she tried to get the district to take action.

She went to talk to district officials in person several times.

Neely says the district eventually banned her from all Concord school campuses.

Neely took NyZeria and two of her siblings out of Concord schools and moved them to Elkhart Community Schools.

Gina says, "A child can't learn in an environment where she doesn't feel comfortable."

NyZeria's mom says her daughter is scared to walk in front of windows in her own home because she thinks people are watching her.

NyZeria admits she and the girl who called her the N-word have had arguments before but she says it's still hurtful.

She's trying to not let this experience keep her down.

NyZeria says, "I just try to keep my head up and stand tall."

A complete stranger was so moved by NyZeria's story she stopped by the family's home to give NyZeria a goody bag in hopes of cheering her up.

NyZeria says, "It puts a big smile on my face. It was nice."

The superintendent of Concord Schools released a statement saying in part, "We want every child to have the best possible education in a safe learning environment."

The release also says the district is working with the Elkhart County chapter of the NAACP to address this issue.


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