A 9-year-old girl in Bellevue, Washington, recently made a video to combat the bullying she said she has endured since school started in September, reported KIRO-TV.
Nasir Andrews, a fourth grader at Ardmore Elementary School, said she has been reporting the bullying to teachers, administrators and the school district for several months, yet no swift action has been taken.
According to Andrews, who is Black, students at Ardmore have called her "Nutella" and "servant."
"A student called me 'Nutella' and I told my after-school teacher and she said it wasn't racist and she made me write the definition of racist," Nasir told KIRO Wednesday.
Chantey and Travis Andrews, Nasir's parents, said they are extremely frustrated the school is not doing more to help.
"With so many things happening, our fear is there is a culture that has been established at the school where it is almost OK for the children to exercise different forms of treatment and bullying and harassment," Chantey Andrews says. "And there's not a conversation being had with them saying, 'No, this is unacceptable."'
After the school did not address Andrews concerns, she posted a video to her mother's Facebook page detailing the bullying she's experienced.
"I think that we need to stop bullying and just know that if you're doing it, you're hurting people," Nasir said about her motivation to create the video.
Additionally, Nasir's family said the district did investigate the reports and would categorize them as "unfortunate peer to peer interaction."
"I wish they would have paid more attention to the bigger picture. I think a lot of the incidents were taken individually and handled individually and if it was more of a broader picture, and they were able to connect more of the dots, we would have probably stopped this earlier in the year," Travis Andrews told KIRO-TV.
Bellevue School District released the following statement:
"We are saddened by the experience shared in the Facebook video you referenced. We are very concerned about the well-being of all of our students. We can assure you that district and central office leaders continue to work with the family to ensure that their daughter and every student at Ardmore is receiving the support they need. The harassment, intimidation and bullying of any student is unacceptable. In the case you referenced, an investigation into the allegations has been in process."
(Photo: KIRO7Seattle/ Chantey and Travis Andrews)