County prosecutors charged a White male Kansas high school student with a felony for assaulting a Black female classmate in a racist tirade recorded on video.
Local station KCTV reports that the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that the 15-year-old Shawnee Mission East High School student was charged with unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly causing great bodily harm to another person or disfigurement of another person.
A video of the Nov. 15 assault, posted by The Kansas City Defender, starts with the Black female, who the news outlet identified as “Bre,” in a heated verbal argument in the hallway with two White females about their use of racial slurs.
The male student stands with the two White females, seemingly uninterested in the dispute.
In a second video, the three White students walk away from Bre, as she yells her final words in the conflict.
As he walks away, he’s heard saying to Bre, “Shut the [explictive] up.”
Bre demanded to know who said that. Suddenly, he turns while hurling the N-word and charges toward Bre. The two of them exchange punches.
Black students had long complained about school administrators condoning a racist environment.
The situation reached a boiling point when officials suspended both students. Enraged students viewed Bre, who reportedly suffered a broken nose, as a hate crime victim.
A group of them staged a walkout Monday (Nov. 27) to demand justice for Bre.
KCUR reports that prosecutors charged the male student in June with aggravated assault and battery in a separate incident.
Authorities held an emergency review hearing on that case Wednesday (Nov. 29) when they charged the male student with felony aggravated battery for the school assault.
Meanwhile, the Black Student Solidarity Network, a statewide Black-led student organization, has organized a community protest for Thursday (Nov. 30) afternoon in response to the racist incident at the high school.
“We will not be silenced or terrorized by white supremacists and hate crimes,” a flyer for the demonstration reads.
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