A white family in Croswell, Michigan is suing the Croswell-Lexington School District after saying their adopted Black daughter has suffered months of racial harassment at her high school.
According to WDIV, April Malick, the mother of the 14-year-old, said, “She begged me, begged me to turn white. It was heartbreaking.”
Rob Malick, the teen’s father, also added, “In the beginning, they were like, ‘yeah, let’s get this done; we’re gonna investigate.”
According to the parents, nothing significant was done. The child has since been removed from the school but the parents claim they filed more than 20 complaints. The federal lawsuits states their daughter endured months of racial torment including being called the n-word and having other students tell her to go “back to the plantation.”
Attorney Deborah Gordon, who filed the lawsuit, said to WDIV, “You have adults standing by and not taking action.”
The school district said in a statement, “We have not had an opportunity to review the Complaint, nor have we yet been served.”
The statement also stated, We do not tolerate harassment of any sort, including racial harassment. When brought to our attention, we thoroughly investigate all allegations of harassment, including but not limited to racial harassment. If any alleged harassment is found to have occurred, it is immediately and appropriately addressed and stopped, with consequences to the perpetrators as warranted.”