“All the n—s will be shot after school today at 3:00 pm.”
Tragically, the racial abuse did not end there. The lawsuit alleges that faculty members, including a teacher, displayed racist behavior, with one allegedly saying Clara was “playing the race card” and that she “deserved” the harassment. Despite pleas from Clara’s father, Rob, for the school to intervene, the abuse persisted.
The school’s response, including a resolution reaffirming its commitment to anti-discrimination policies, proved ineffective, with another Black student noting that racism persisted from the “same students, same families.”
Despite Clara’s parents filing a police report after a student threatened her with a slingshot and scissors, the bullying continued. Clara was eventually diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, leading her parents to take her out of the school permanently in the spring of 2022.
The family filed a lawsuit in May 2022 against the school district, the Croswell-Lexington Board of Education, Principal Kyle Wood, and Superintendent of Schools Dan Gilbertson. The lawsuit alleges the school’s “deliberate indifference to the racial harassment and bullying” caused extreme emotional distress for Clara and her parents.
The court granted the motion to adjourn and suspended outstanding deadlines, awaiting further orders.