Family of V.I.S.D. student who was targeted in racially charged tweet speaks out

"It's not right and very hurtful," says Carmia Green, whose granddaughter was targeted in a racially charged tweet

VICTORIA, Texas – An online competition between Victoria West and Victoria East High School is canceled after racially charged tweets were put out, with one targeting a V.I.S.D. student which included a racial slur. The Battle of the Boot is a social media competition leading up to the rivalry football game between the high schools. The schools compete online to see who gets the most engagement (likes and retweets on Twitter) with their posts and the winner receives the spirit stick. This year however there were some racially charged tweets in which a picture was used of a V.I.S.D. student accompanied with a racial slur.

Carmia Green, the student’s grandmother, said racially charged language like the one that was used towards her granddaughter can be very damaging and hurtful.

“In high school, kids saying it, I mean even in elementary schools kids saying that word not knowing the meaning. Parents need to teach their kids the meaning and where that word comes from because it’s not right and very hurtful, very hurtful,” says Green.

The online Battle of the Boot competition has gone on for the last six years and this is the first time it’s had to be canceled when what usually has been a friendly competition between the schools turned into what Mrs.Green says is not just cyberbullying, but a hate crime. She says that she hopes that the students who sent out the racially insensitive tweets are able to use this opportunity to learn and grow.

“Where’s the world gonna be. The worlds gonna be filled with hate and we weren’t created to hate. God didn’t create us to hate people, God created us to love and we can’t hate so if we don’t do it now start teaching these kids to love regardless of color or skin,” says Green.

Green says that education is fundamental for students to understand the weight that some words can carry.

“If the school, TEA, would start teaching real history not the watered-down, not the sugarcoated, but the true history of what happened, how America was created. Who built the White House, about slavery, about all the black inventors, about all the Hispanic inventors, about all the white inventors, about everybody. If we would teach our kids that, this world would not be in the shape it’s in,” says Green.

Leadership from both of the high schools released a statement saying that they do not condone the actions of the individuals or the messages, or individuals who have posted inappropriate statements and images. The district is continuing to investigate the incident.

Mrs. Green says that she has been pleased with V.I.S.D.’s handling of the incident and hopes that one day the students responsible for the tweets are able to apologize to her granddaughter.

You can read the first report of this story here.

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