Taylor Armbrester copes with Racial Taunting at a Mostly White School

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Ten-year-old Taylor Armbrester has been coping with racial taunting from fellow fifth graders since he started at a white Chelsea Park Elementary School.

Taylor says he has been punched, kicked, and called “black boy” and “retarded.”  He also reported that a white classmate told him the school was better before he started attending.  On Tuesday during lunch he said one of his classmates came up to him and recited a poem:

“Roses are red; violets are blue, I am white, you should be too. Roses are red; violets are blue, I am white, why aren’t you? Roses are red; violets are blue, God made me pretty, what happened to you?”

Since attending the school, Taylor has been in a physical altercation, accused of stealing a spinner and punched in the face as a result, and had his finger broken.

Taylor’s mom has met with the Assistant Principal Mary Anders, and a guidance counselor and Anders said the school’s code of conduct calls for addressing issues such as bullying, and that the school does not have a problem with racial bullying.  “this would be an isolated case,” she said.

The school has a total of 883 students, from the kindergarten through the fifth grade.  The total number of blacks in the school is 88, or about 10 percent.  There are 40 Hispanics, 23 Asians, and one Pacific Islander in the school.

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