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Racism-related texts by white students at East Bernard High School frighten black students

EAST BERNARD, Texas (KTRK) – Black parents and students at East Bernard High School are calling for disciplinary action against a group of white students who engaged in racial comments posted in a text string.

Group chats on social media with white students have black students at school fearing for their lives.

“I mean, I couldn’t believe it. My stomach lurched,” parent Tiffany Seydler said.

Seydler’s 16-year-old daughter, Tyra, received the stream of messages after a friend gave it to her.

“I was on the lunch table and my friend showed me,” Tyra recalls. “She entered the group chat and saw everything going. It was supposed to be about prom, but ended up being racist.”

ABC13 has blurred out the names of the students posted in the text string, as well as the language used. Tyra said the group was discussing a party bus for their prom on February 5.

During the conversation, a student responded to the topic that, “No black people” are allowed on the prom bus. Another student responded by saying, “Amen.” A follow-up message from another student replied, “All (n-words) must hang.”

“I just didn’t feel comfortable being there because it was a threat,” Tyra said. “I just don’t want to go to that school anymore.”

This text was then shared with other Black students and parents across the district demanding that something be done.

Tyra said she hasn’t attended class for the past two days fearing a backlash from a section of students where she says Blacks outnumber them.

“She has to go to school to learn. Don’t be afraid to go to school, because they’re talking about hanging (sanctioned). You know that’s a huge threat!” Seydler said.

In the following statement on the East Bernard ISD website, Superintendent Courtney Hudgins said a social media group chat was created by students attending East Bernard High School. She said that this chat contained racist hate speech towards another student and the African-American demographic.

On Monday, December 6, 2021, a social media group chat was created by students attending East Bernard High School. This conversation contains racist hate speech towards another student and the African-American demographic. The district was made aware of the group chat through screenshots shared late Monday evening. A full investigation into the social media conversation and the students who participated in it began as early as the morning of Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The investigation continued throughout Wednesday. Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Security is provided on Tuesdays as
precautions to ensure student safety and minimize disruption to the instructional day. In addition, counseling services have been and continue to be provided to students affected by
incident. Students who engage in group chats and engage in racist hate speech will receive disciplinary action according to the student code of conduct. These measures are confidential. EBISD does not tolerate the actions of this student or any other discriminatory comment, threat, or behavior, nor may students or staff discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, nationality or disability.

Going forward, parents, students, and staff must work together to rebuild unity and equality. East Bernard ISD strives to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all students to learn, achieve, and build lasting relationships.

ABC13 contacted the school district but received no response.

A full investigation began immediately on Tuesday morning and continued into Wednesday.

The district went on to say that students involved in group chats and racist hate speech are receiving disciplinary measures in accordance with the student code of conduct, but that these measures are confidential.

“They need to be suspended. They really need to be charged,” Seydler said.

As for whether Tyra and the other Black students would go to the prom, she said, “Their parents told them they couldn’t go because of the threat. They thought something was going to happen. at the prom. I don’t even think I want to. go.”

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