Kid Bullied to Leave School Because He Wasn’t ‘Black Enough’

Vinti Singh, CT Post, January 31, 2012

The student stabbed Ryan in the back with a mechanical pencil and walked away. There was no explanation, no words exchanged at all. But Ryan knew why it happened. Scared to tell the teacher, all Ryan could do was to go to the bathroom to wash off the blood.

It was all because of the color of his skin, his mom, Gail Rodriguez said. He was often the only light-skinned student in his classes, which were predominantly black. Ryan, who is half white and half Puerto Rican, was called names like “stupid white cracker.”

Minority students around the region told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers they have been called n——-, or terrorist, or told to go back to the other side of the border.

A 2011 U.S. Department of Justice survey shows that 54 percent of Asian-American teenagers, 38.4 percent of black students and 34.3 percent of Hispanics reported being bullied in the classroom. The survey found that 31.3 percent of white students reported being bullied.

For minorities, the bullying can often center around their race, said Michelle Pincince, who directs school programs on bullying for the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League.

“Racism is everywhere, whether it’s urban, suburban or rural,” she said.

{snip}

Pincince said minorities can experience bullying even from fellow minority students. Students tend to be lumped as “African American” or “Hispanic,” but within those races are diverse cultures and students may pick on a student who is Jamaican or Puerto Rican, she said.

“There’s also a lot of pain for students around the issue of ‘you’re not black enough,’ “ Pincence said. “If a student does well in school, he is called ‘white.’ It’s not just students who are biracial, but any student of color in AP (advance placement) courses or speaks what they consider proper English can be targeted.”

{snip}

Ryan Rodriguez is a small, wiry, 12-year-old with a mop of curly, light brown hair. Getting him to open up about how he likes to draw and play video games is difficult enough. But to get him to talk about the day he was stabbed and the bullying he endured at a magnet school in New Haven is nearly impossible. {snip}

Ryan was at first very excited to attend the Engineering and Science University Magnet School. He has always had an interest in robotics and engineering. {snip}

Half the student at EASUMS are black, 25 percent are white, 7 percent Asian, and about 17 percent are Hispanic. He felt he’d fit in fine.

{snip} In seventh grade, the bullying started. Classmates would take his stuff and hide it. They would take his binders and stomp on the rings so the binder would break and all of his papers would fall out.

“Those are $10 a piece and I bought three of them,” Gail said. “We bought three $20 lunch containers. Those disappeared. I bought a school jacket. $34. Gone. I had to buy him pencils every other day.”

The only clue Ryan has about why he was picked on was the names they called him. “Cracker.” “Stupid white cracker.” “Whitey.” They hardly ever called him Ryan.

{snip}

When Gail complained, the teachers would tell Gail they’d have to catch the kids in the act of stealing before they could do anything about it. They suggested Ryan be more responsible for his things. Gail tried to tell the principal what was happening, but she said her emails and phone calls went unanswered.\

{snip}

Gail finally got a meeting with the principal after she contacted the district’s parent liaison. But at the meeting, Ryan would not open up about what happened. He was afraid to because the students had told him, “snitches get stitches.”

Under state law, racism is considered a civil rights violation and students who harass others based on race can be prosecuted, said William Howe, the civil rights compliance coordinator for the state Department of Education.

“State attorneys have prosecuted children as little as 4 years old,” Howe said. {snip}

Ryan has the right to file a discrimination complaint with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities or Office of Civil Rights in Boston, Howe said. Rodriguez said she did not know Ryan had those recourses, and no one at the Board of Education told her about them.

{snip}

As the bullying continued, Ryan developed severe anxiety, Gail said. He would make up excuses not to go to school. He’d say he had a stomachache, or a headache, or he would make himself gag. He’d purposefully miss the bus.

When Ryan said he was stabbed with the mechanical pencil, Gail pulled him from the school and enrolled him in Ansonia public schools. The bullying has stopped and Ryan said he feels safe again. But the school has no advanced engineering classes he can take.

Gail said she is looking for a discrimination lawyer to help her bring a case of gross negligence against the New Haven Board of Education.

“They should have been protecting him,” she said.

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  • with half the school pop. being black, I guarantee that no one is learning any science or engineering.  when the black pop. of a school exceeds 5%, the learning environment becomes dramatically  diminished.

  • Anonymous

    My stepson was enrolled in a public school in an affluent suburb in Southern California. The problem is that minorities dominate the public schools while whites send their kids to very expensive private schools. We did not have the luxury to spend 15-20 thousand dollars for tuition so we sent him to the local public school. It was a terrible experience for him. The Mexicans and the blacks would bully him and pick on him for being too white. The teachers were mostly inept minorities and they didn’t seem to care. I told my stepson to fight back and stand up for himself which he did. He stood up to a group of Mexicans and made one cry and they left him alone for a little bit. Unfortunately, the blacks would still come after him and he did anything he could to not go to school. This was middle school mind you. I can’t even imagine what junior high and high school would be like. Fortunately, we left the cesspool of Southern California to migrate north where it is currently 80% white 18% Hispanic 1% black and we have had no problems and my stepson goes to one of the better public schools in the nation. Oh the wonders of diversity!

    • Anonymous

      I’m sad to hear about your family’s experiences in our failed CA anti-white anti-America modern liberal public indoctrination system. In my day, the 1970’s, we still had the numbers to keep the non-white populations and their gangs in line, and as a result were able to obtain a decent education. 

      But as millions upon millions of them continued illegally crossing our borders without consequence, literally pouring into Los Angeles during the 1970’s and 80’s as white families left for the suburbs enmasse, we eventually could not stem the tide anymore and left as well.

      The once prosperous cities are now broken, broke, and plagued with poverty and street gangs. The public schools are a complete failure and the ones that do graduate are completely unprepared for a good college or life in a properly socialized environment. They should stop spending tens of billions of taxpayer’s dollars on them and just shut them down. Issue vouchers to the parents and let them babysit their violent dysfunctional broods.

  • The principal of this school totally blew him off.  But this same school principal would be doing everything he or she can to make sure that young Mr. Rodriguez was in school during standardized testing time, if it seemed like he would be absent.  The “real” black students hated him and committed acts of bullying and near-violence against him, but they would take racial pride in his achievements if given the chance.

  • Anonymous

    Blacks destroy schools. 

    End of story.

    • Anonymous

      And streets, neigborhoods, districts and regions. And malls, public recreation areas and downtowns. And sporting events, concerts and fairs & festivals. And the experience for others at cinemas, restaurants and parks. And standards, decorum and civility. And everything unlucky enough to be in their general vicinity no matter where they are.

  • Anonymous

    Puerto Rican is NOT a race.

    So if he is half white and half Puerto Rican(actually Mestizo, Usually 1/2 indian and 1/2 European)….most likely he is 75% white and 1/4 indian. To a black, this kid is white enough to be truly evil.

     I  bet the ones assaulting this kid are blacks.

  • Jay1

    “Racism is everywhere, whether it’s urban, suburban or rural,” she said.”

    Aren’t these the SAME people who say only whites can be racist? When one group of non-whites harass another group of non-whites, how can it be racist? Clearly race is NEVER a factor in these attacks. Only whites and their white ‘priviledge’ can be racist. (!)

    My question is, if the school is 25% white, why did the blacks attack this bi-racial kid? Are they doing these things to the 25% of white students in general? Or are the whites an isolated minority that clusters in honors classes for safety?

  • Anonymous

    Sound like Liberty City or LA all over again.  Only difference is the Blacks have the Hispanic out numbered.  This is what happens when you don’t have White people to kick around.

  • Anonymous

    Three main Hispanic groups. Puerto Rican  are  generally a Spanish/Black mix.  Cubans are more pure Spanish. Mexican and Latins are the Spanish Indian mix. And the three groups don’t like each other very much.

    • Anonymous

      I have met white, black, mulatto and oriental/white Cubans.  There is even a small number of Indians left in Cuba, though not sure I ever met one.

    • Anonymous

      Well, Geraldo for instance likes to be down with the brown man….LOL, his Puerto Rican ancestory.  But I think he does not have a drip of indian blood….probably, racially a Spaniard….maybe some Portuguese.

    • Anonymous

      Castro’s idea of ethnic cleansing was to send a lot of Black Cubans to fight in the Angolan Civil War

  • Anonymous

    completely emasculated, I agree. That is why must turn this around and become exactly the opposite. The Jews in Israel did it, we can do it as well. they have that Woody allen stereotype to contend with, and centuries of pogroms, their holocaust, etc.  In the 20th century, the fierce Israeli army, special forces and secret service has made Israel a world power. We will do it as well. We need to continue to spread awareness and build our armies. (Wouldn’t it be nice of the Jews were on our side?)

  • Anonymous

    Some Puerto Ricans are black.  Example…Carlos Delgado, who played several seasons for the New York Mets. 

  • Sure they’re meant to protect Whites……White homosexuals.

  • Anonymous

    If a white student stabbed a non-white student, imagine the national outrage? He would be sentenced for a hate crime and attempted murder. He would have to serve time in an adult prison. The black student’s hate crime is simply ignored and overlooked. 

  • Anonymous

    This article is about a young man who is mostly White being bullied for it by Black students.  Yet the same idiot who says bullying CAN OFTEN center on race can’t pass up an opportunity to let us in on something that is apparently shocking to liberals: non-white students can be bullied EVEN by fellow non-whites, the assertion being it contradicts what to them is the accepted orthodoxy.  That is, the collection of hurt feelings they assemble under the tent of “racism” is damage created exclusively by the White Devil.
     
    I tried finding stats on the percentage of public school students that are white but didn’t have any luck.  I did find something interesting though about public school choice:  36 percent of Blacks attend the public school of their choice, the largest number of all races included in the study, while 29 percent of Whites and 33 percent of suburban students moved to their current neighborhood to attend their school.
     
    http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=6
     
    I don’t know exactly how but I feel this information sheds some interesting light on those percentages of students who report bullying.  The article attempts to posit that most of this bullying is at the hands of White students but I feel the choice vs. flight-to-better-districts data proves this wrong somehow. 
     
    Are Asian students less likely to attend the non-secular private schools than Whites, even if they can afford it, throwing them in at the mercy of the blacks and Hispanics that dominate the public schools, for example?  There are plenty of folks around Amren smarter than I; any thoughts on this?

  • Anonymous

    Two things catch my eye here:

    First, there’s the outrageous and depressing anti-white racism which seems normalized and accepted at this school. And there are probably hundreds of other such schools across the country that are the same. We’re supposed to believe in “institutional racism” that favors whites when hundreds of thousands of white kids face this sort of thing every day. The lies, double standards, and hypocrisy surrounding the topic of race that any rational, sane person faces in this country is enough to drive that person insane!Second, there’s this crazy “acting white” thing. What can you say about a culture that literally identifies learning in racist terms, where apparently it’s better to reject the entirely natural drive to be curious about the world and to learn? We’re cursed to have to live near people like this.

  • Anonymous

    I was bullied in school. I am white. The bullies were white. I am not a homosexual. No one thought I was. I responded by working out with weights and taking karate lessons. Those lessons contributed to my admiration of Orientals and Oriental culture. I continue to exercise regularly, and am probably healthier as a result. Nevertheless, what I experienced left emotional scars I continue to feel.
     
    Bullying is a problem which ought to be addressed without reference to race or sexual orientation. Anyone who is not good at fighting, and who lacks friends who are is vulnerable. 

    • anon

      Right, there are bullies in every race, but the article is about racial bullying. 

    • Dom

       Well when first bully started harassing me in the 2nd grade I knocked him down and started punching him until teacher pull me up from him. My uncle says that I was telling everybody at that time that bully can’t do anything if you are on top of him. That’s true .  I thank my dad who taught me how to fight and my mom who told me never attack anyone but if someone touches you you fight back as hard as you can. That served me well. In every situation you need to fight back and 99% of your problems are gone. Whites are emasculated in general and everybody thinks they can bully them. And they are right. Until whites fight back. Stand your ground and fight! And no foe will seem unbeatable. Stand up and have a little self respect!

  • Anonymous

    State attorneys have prosecuted children as little as 4 years old,” Howe said. 
      Wow, isn’t  that an achievement. Big man!  Well done.
      I’d kill  anyone  who tried doing it  with any of mine. 

  • Anonymous

    And just who the hell are you, “Anon”?  I was a short, skinny kid with no athletic ability in high school who was in the marching band. I was very often the subject of bullying by Whites who needed easy targets for the pent-up homosexual angst that was consuming them from having to view such a meat market in the showers after football practice.  Did you play football in high school, Anon? 

    This led to severe social anxiety that left me all but non-functional in society well into my 20s and still affects me today.  I can definitely empathize here because I lived a similar experience.  It definitely does leave “emotional scars.”  You probably are afraid to admit you have emotions because you fear it will crack the door to that closet you are hiding in, don’t you?
     
    John Engelman was here when I found this site and he’ll probably still be here if ever I grow tired of it.  He often makes comments that have a leftist feel but that’s his right to do.  If you disagree, put forward some kind of refutation, not just snark.
     
    He fits a number of labels, just like you, me and everyone else.  If you’ve been here long enough you’d know that “Anti-White” is not one of them.
     
    He also doesn’t need me to defend him.  I do that of my own volition because I consider myself “Anti-Ignoramus,” and your drive-by attacks are growing tedious.
     
     

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t help how goofy we look in high school. I couldn’t really grow facial hair till I got into my mid 20s.

  • anon

    That’s true, yet I have never heard a mulatto or white person who was part indian ever say, “Being part white, I take offense at whiteness studies” or “Being part indian, I take offense t Louis Farrakhan.”  Hell, Obama rips on white people in his book, yet his white grandparents pretty much raised him and supported him since his black dad was out of the picture.

  • Anonymous

    I think most of us are on the same side so this bickering is pointless. And who cares who was here first? Good to see some white females are racially aware. I have yet to meet one.

  • anon

    Those same black segregationists hate us and want us displaced and dead.  I don’t care how much self help they practice, as if they really believed in it.  If they really did, they would quit holding whites accountable for black people’s lives.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  They preach self-help but have their hands out for more at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    That high school bullying leaves an emotional impact can be seen from my experience in overcoming it.  I was skinny, sickly and very smart the first three years in high school, and this one guy, a year or two older, insulted me all the time, often in front of girls.  I got a lot less sickly in my last year, having joined the basketball team.  One fine day, and one casual insult too many, I suggested a fight; we agreed that evening.  The whole school knew about it.  In the event, I knocked him down, and gave him a huge black eye, with a left jab.  The next day, I was the school hero.  [The bully was not popular.]  Girls composed poetry in my honor. [Not kidding.]  One of my friends wanted to shake the hand that did it, and could not believe it when I showed him my left.  My homeroom teacher called me her, “Jack Dempsey.”   Fellow students would run up and shake my hand.  The bully was the subject of ongoing mirth.  Having ended this scourge in my life, I felt no need, however, to become a bully myself, always retaining an empathy with those who must so endure.

  • Anonymous

    How am I anti-white? 
     

  • Anonymous

    How does admiration for Orientals indicate hostility for whites? If you must know, there are many blacks that I like too. 

  • Anonymous

    Bullies are cowards. They like to hurt and humiliate people, but they avoid fair fights. Boys I admired in high school were good fighters, but they were not bullies. They would have been ashamed to fight someone who did not present them with a challenge. 

  • Celticgoddess

    There is no protection, recourse or justice for whites who are racially bullied, attacked and even murdered.   We see the escalating black on white attacks everyday and even with filmed visual and audio of  blacks yelling rail slurs at whites during an attack, etc..no hate crime charges.
     I knew a light skinned Hispanic boy that attended the Amistad Academy in New Haven and went through the same psychological and physical racial bullying until he transferred out. No one was fazed by his reports of racial abuse and nothing at all was done. It almost seemed like they silently condoned the hatred and abuse of whites. ( in my opinion.)I hope this mother gets some assistance and support to file a discrimination suit against these racist administrators. The racist bullies should also be held accountable.I have commented here about growing up and going to school in a predominantly black area in New haven, where my siblings and I suffered verbal and physical assaults continuously.  Many poor whites are suffering this kind of abuse daily and their reports to administrators, even police are ignored. White girls are also sexually harassed incessantly and when they reject the black guys advances it makes them very angry.  I think this is why white brothers and sisters join Nazi/ skin head type groups for their protection, because their cries for help are ignored. I don’t condone it, but I do understand why they do it. 

    • Anon

      Ever read up on White prisoners?  They HAVE to join the Aryan Brotherhood BECAUSE of the nonwhite attacks and rapes of White prisoners.   I would join also.  Our race has to survive somehow.

      One day soon we may be thankful for the Brotherhood types and need them desperately to save our cowardly spines because we do not defend their right to exist in today’s America.

       Don’t believe all the media hype about how evil any White Nationalist group is. That is what the media WANT us to believe. Of course there are some that are unsavory, as in any group, (some are infiltrators, also)that gives them a bad name but I would still hope they are around when we need them. Because we are going to need them very soon as things are getting worse and worse by the day for White people. I would rather have them on my side than these lemming Whites who are so pc, so “nice” and anti-racist who seem to not even care what is happening to their race or to their childrens future in a nonwhite America.

  • Anonymous

    Obama only rejected Wright after it leaked out what he was listening to in church for 20 years.  Don’t forget, he was married there.

    • Obama deliberately chose to attend TUCC for two reasons:

      1.  He needed “street cred,” back in the days when Chicago’s blacks didn’t think this Hawaiian mulatto via Punahou-Oxy-Columbia-Harvard wasn’t black enough, and Wright’s radicalism was made to order

      2.  TUCC was outside of his community organizing turf.  Had Obama attended a church within his turf, it would have ticked off the other black preachers of the other black churches with whom Obama needed a good rapport in his community organizing job.

  • Anon

    Do you believe Barry and his books?  Do you believe the Rev Wright and Obama are no longer in contact with each other?  I don’t.  There are many articles written about those two and no, we do NOT need more black preachers like Rev. Wright. He was/is a complete White hater and that is what his church taught.  Barry (Michelle also) sat there for 20 years and doesn’t “remember”  that part of the sermons? There is much info out there about the black gay who was murdered that belonged to that church (who Barry knew) and many believe there was more going on that they won’t admit to.

  • crystal evans

    This is not the first time I have heard something like this. One of the members of teen R&B group DeBarge  whose father is French Canadian and Mother is Black said that they were teased consistently about not being Black enough. In fact, he said that he would use the whole can of his mother’s hairspray to try to get his afro to stand up.

  • They have prosecuted children as little as 4 years old?

    WTF

  • Anonymous

    You have said that I am anti-white. It is your responsibility to document that assertion. I nearly always document my assertions.