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'He said he would sell me into slavery': Girls scared to go to Indiana school amid racist bullying

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The parents of two girls who attend Horizon Christian School on Indianapolis’ northeast side say their daughters are being bullied and threatened because of the color of their skin.

Posted: Dec. 17, 2018 10:23 AM
Updated: Dec. 17, 2018 10:46 AM

Indianapolis, IN (WRTV) -- The parents of two girls who attend Horizon Christian School on Indianapolis’ northeast side say their daughters are being bullied and threatened because of the color of their skin.

Alexander Wortham realized something was happening when his daughter, Imani, started acting strange, asking to stay home from school more often than a typical teen girl.

“He said he would sell me into slavery if I didn’t do what he said and then he started making little jingles about slavery,” LaShanti said.

According to an email the parents received from a school administrator, the school suspended the student last week after the girls’ parents brought the issue to the administration’s attention. But that student was allowed to return to class on Monday.

The girls felt so uncomfortable, they both decided to stay home this week.

“We should be able to go to school and not feel threatened, scared or having to be on edge the whole time,” Imani said.

Both parents say they want the school to create more concrete policy changes on bullying. They both suggested an all-school assembly or bringing experts in to discuss race relations and bullying.

The Horizon Christian School principal denied to comment on the situation, saying it’s against school policy to discuss students without permission from all parents involved.

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