White Boca Middle School Parents Call BocaNewsNow.com To Say They’re Not Racist, But “Shocked” By Reporting Of Attack On Black Student.
Principal: May Be Social Media Challenge. Watch Video, Below.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The investigation continues into the videotaped battery of a Black student at Boca Raton Community Middle School.
BocaNewsNow.com broke the story on Friday and published video of the child being pushed to the ground. He broke his arm and wrist. In the days that followed, our newsroom received more than 20 phone calls, emails and texts from parents identifying themselves as “White” and outraged that our reporting would note that the attacked student was “Black.” These parents had nothing to say about the the rope seen in the video — a rope students attempted to tie around the child’s leg.
Each and every one of those contacting BocaNewsNow.com claimed that they are not racist — we never asked. Among the comments left: “Would you have reported the story if the child was White?” “It’s not a story since it seemed to be mostly Black children attacking another Black child.” “I’m not a racist but BocaNewsNow.com is because you reported on this story.”
Lisa Lee, the Principal of Boca Raton Community Middle School, initially did not report the attack to parents. After we published the video, and questioned the Principal’s silence, she ultimately issued the following statement via Robocall:
“Hello Boca Middle Parents and Guardians, this is principal Lisa Lee. Yesterday, during dismissal, one of our students was injured. School Police launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident. While this is an ongoing investigation and I cannot disclose the specifics, it is believed that a social media challenge was involved.
Parents, this brings me to a broader conversation about the dangers of social media challenges. Please speak to your children about their online activity and the inherent dangers of taking part in these challenges. They have no place on school campuses.”
BocaNewsNow.com has learned that the Palm Beach County School District Police Department has opened a criminal investigation into the incident, and at least one law firm may also be investigating the incident as well.
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