The Reality of Racism in Schools
by Melissa93 on October 28, 2014 - 7:20pm
In the news article “Torrence Collier, 11, says he faces racism, extreme bullying in Westport” from the CBC News from June 11, 2014, explains the effects racism in schools can have on children. Torrence Collier, and 11 year old boy has experienced racism and bullying in school by his peers due to him being the only “black child” in the small town of Westport. He endures daily endless slurs, threats, and sometimes physical assaults. Torrence goes to school feeling scared, wondering why everyone hates him, and he feels horrible about himself. He even starts to wonder if his peers are right about the things they say about him. The bullying and racist comments have gotten so bad that his mother, Heather Collier, has found a note written by Torrence stating how he could not take the bullying anymore and wanted to die, and in the end he had to transfer schools.
Just like discussed in the article, there is racism in schools going on today. I think it is disgusting that the bullying of those who are a different race than the majority, have gotten so bad that the children sometimes thinks of taking their own life and having to change schools. Just like the article “Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominantly White City” we read and discussed in class, kids usually experience name calling, other kids not wanting to be friends with them, mostly because of the child’s skin color. Just to imagine a kid to go through that every day I find is heart breaking. The question that bothers me the most is, who is most at fault for allowing bullying to happen in schools, the parents or the school faculty? Right away I think it is the parents fault for not teaching their kids racism and not to do it, and not doing anything to prevent it from happening themselves. Just like Torrence’s mother Heather, she was concerned about her son getting bullied because of the colour of his skin yet she it was never mentioned in the article of her actually going to the school about the issue. Or is it the schools by allowing the racist comments and bullying to happen in the first place, and only doing something at the end when it gets really bad to the point that the kid wants to die and has to change schools. I personally think it is both of their faults. The parents should educate their children on racism and bullying, and teach them not to do it, just like the school should as well.