Father Wants Changes Made To The Way South Fayette Handles Racial Bullying

Blaine Jones' son was suspended for attacking a students after he was called the 'N word' several times

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
May 03, 2019 - 1:56 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Criminal defense attorney Blaine Jones wants changes in the South Fayette School District after he says his African American son was called the “N word” by another student this week.

Jones’ son responded twice asking the other student to clarify what he had said and the student allegedly called him the “N word”  two more times and asked what he was going to do about it.

That’s when Jones’ son reacted by engaging in a physical confrontation and was suspended three days.

Jones tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland after he went to the media with his story a lot of other families of color in the school district reached out to him to say their children have also been called hateful names.

“The African American population reached out to us in South Fayette with many of the same stories about how their kids are being treated, called slaves just terrorized,” said Jones. “One little girl, this boy walked up to her . . . and yelled the “N word” in her face. They went to the South Fayette administration and the South Fayette Administration did nothing.”

A source within the district told said that the incident was not a fight because the attack was one sided when Jones’ son choked the other student, who is white.

They add the student couldn’t breathe after the attack and that police took photos of the marks left on the student’s neck.

Both students were suspended for three days. The source adds that while it is unfortunate there is nothing illegal about being a racist but attacking someone is a criminal act.

Jones says he does not have a problem with his son being suspended but does have a problem with his son and the other boy being suspended for the same amount of time.

“Think about that, your kid is innocently eating lunch with all of his friends, hanging out and someone comes over, targets your kid, put them in front of everyone in a threatening, terrorizing position because if you say the N word to somebody several times and say ‘what are you going to do about it’ there’s one intent, to terrorize.”

The source that spoke with KDKA Radio also said they were not aware of the any prior incidents and the right thing to do would’ve been go to an adult and not react in a violent matter.

“Punishment should be specific and not generalized,” said Jones. “I thought you had to look at the totality of the circumstances and in fact I thought the way they thought to do the punishment was very lazy.”

Another issue Jones has with the school and administration is that the suspended student was not asked to attend any racial sensitivity classes.

“That’s basic . . . therefore it brings into question, who are the people leading . . . who are the administrators?” Jones asked.

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