Mother speaks out about son’s constant bullying in Goliad ISD
A parent shares more about her son's experience with bullying in the Goliad ISD
GOLIAD, Texas – A parent who’s son attends Goliad ISD shares more about cyber-bullying and race-related experiences in this city. One month ago, parents, students, and other community members had the opportunity to voice their concerns over bullying and racism. Angelica De La Garza graduated from Goliad High School in 1992 and notices a bullying pattern happening at the high school. She says her son Zaye and other students are experiencing mental health issues because of the racial slurs other students say to him and others daily.
One student in the district created an Instagram page referencing African American students with racial slurs and posting photos of them on a page. However, the page has already been removed from this social media platform.
African American students get called names
“It is causing mental stress on these kids. Mine don’t even want to go to school, mine tell me they don’t want to go to school. They would rather move or be home schooled. As the matter of fact, my child just said the other day, Mom can I just take my classes online?” she explained.
When asked about having “the talk,” with her son about targeted police brutality. De La Garza shared that she’s afraid for all her children, not just her son.
Mother is afraid for her children’s safety
“I’ve had the talk not only the boys, but my girls as well, and I do worry about it because I’m afraid that one day while he’s out playing with his friends. That something will happen to him. I believe in my heart because it is him, I do believe that he will be a target within time. I guess that’s a lot of the reason why I try to keep him close to me because this way if he’s with me. Then I can protect him,” said De La Garza
Goliad ISD responds to in school and cyber-bullying with a statement
The district’s superintendent office declined an interview with 25 News Now, providing the following statement:
Goliad ISD is aware of concerns regarding reports of racial discrimination and/or bullying by students in the district. The District does not tolerate known behavior that disrupts the safety or educational opportunities of any student at Goliad ISD. The Board of Trustees and administration encourages anyone who suspects either racial discrimination or bullying of a student to report the incident to school personnel. If any parent has reason to believe that their student is a victim or a perpetrator of such activity, then the GISD requests that parent contact the campus principal and/or take action at home to immediately correct the behavior. Collaboration between the school and the home produces the best outcome for all students. Although Texas and federal law prohibit the District from commenting on specific student incidents, the Goliad ISD Board of Trustees and administration remain committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere in which all of our students can flourish and reach their potential.
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