Feds fault Albany schools in race-bullying response

The Albany school district inappropriately handled a race-bullying incident by removing the victim from the school instead of her harassers, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

The eighth-grade honors student, who is biracial, was repeatedly harassed by white classmates at Hackett Middle School in March 2012, according to a federal complaint filed by her parents. The students who bullied the girl mockingly donned Ku Klux Klan hoods, asked how much her parents had paid to adopt her and compared her skin color to theirs in Spanish class comparison exercises, the document also states.

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Bullied Student Speaks Out After Being Suspended For Bringing Weapon To School For ‘Protection’

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Lisselox Veloz has a 3.0 grade point average and school officials say she has never been in trouble before, but last week the 16-year-old was arrested and suspended from Swenson Arts and Technology High School.

“Everyone knows about,” said Veloz. “It’s not like anything new to nobody.”

Veloz said after months of being bullied, she took matters into her own hands. The sophomore, who aspires to be a detective one day, brought a paring knife to school. A metal detector caught it and Lisselox was arrested by Philadelphia police and suspended for five days.

“I know that it was wrong to have it, but I felt like I needed something to protect myself because I know what she’s capable of,” Veloz expressed.

Lisselox said she alerted a dean at the school, several months ago, that she was being bullied. According to a spokesperson from the school district, they didn’t know there was a problem until recently.

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