The Texas suburb of Plano is in turmoil this week following allegations of racial bullying against a black middle schooler. The boy’s mother, Summer Alicia, took to social media on Wednesday, March 3 to detail years of sustained bullying against her son, SeMarion, by classmates. Alicia also shared disturbing footage of bullies allegedly forcing her son to drink urine.
“Imagine being a happy kid who loves making people smile and having a good time,” Alicia wrote in the now-viral Facebook post. The aggrieved mother then shared a list of disturbing allegations of physical, emotional and psychological torture of her son by classmates at Haggard Middle School.
According to the post, bullies attacked SeMarion on separate occasions with a belt and a BB gun. They also harassed the boy with racial slurs, threats of violence and taunts about him committing suicide.
Alicia also called out school officials for ignoring and, in some cases, participating in the abuse. The mother accused one coach of withholding her son’s inhaler when the boy told them he couldn’t breathe. When he reported the bullying to another adult, Alicia said he was told “boys will be boys.”
Perhaps most disturbingly, the mother shared a video that appeared to show classmates forcing her son to drink urine — footage she said bullies circulated to several other students at the school.
The Plano Community Rallies
Alicia’s post inspired a groundswell of support for SeMarion from parents demanding action from the Plano Independent School District (PISD). Residents held a small rally in front of Haggard Middle School on Thursday, March 4, with some calling for the bullies’ expulsion.
“I need to know they’re gone,” one mother said. “I have a child here too.”
In a statement regarding the situation, PISD said they first became aware of the incident allegedly shown on the video on Tuesday, March 2. However, in Alicia’s Facebook post she suggested that they chose not to take action since “the incidents didn’t all take place on campus.”
“The Plano ISD administration is aware of recent bullying allegations, and is working with the campus and local law enforcement to actively investigate the matter,” said Lesley Range-Stanton, a PISD communications official. “Our district does not tolerate or condone bullying or harassing behavior, and is taking prompt and remedial action to address concerns.”
Meanwhile, the Plano Police Department announced that they had assigned a juvenile detective to the case.
“The detective and school resource officer will continue to work with Plano ISD officials to conduct a full and thorough investigation in an effort to identify any and all criminal offenses that might have occurred during and prior to this incident,” the department said in a Facebook post.
The family’s attorney, Kim T. Cole, has since created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for private schooling and therapy for SeMarion.
“This was a racially motivated hate crime,” Cole said in a Facebook post. “These teens MUST be held accountable for their depraved acts.”
Additionally, a Change.org petition calling for action from the district has gained nearly 55,000 signatures.