Civil rights complaint filed against Spring Lake Public Schools
A lakeshore mom is filing a civil rights complaint against Spring Lake Public Schools over claims that her racially mixed son was bullied because of the color of his skin.
Sarah Adams filed the complaint a little over two weeks ago following an incident on a school bus back in October.
"A 6th grade student used the 'N' word towards my oldest son," Adams told WZZM 13.
Adams says she reached out to the Superintendent regarding the incident, and he told her the girl would be sitting at the front of the bus from now on.
"Two days later my other son, Adebayo Adams, told me she [the student] was not sitting in the front of the bus she was sitting in the middle of the bus bullying other kids."
Adams says she contacted the school again and they assured her the student would be back at the front of the bus, but she claims by the end of that week, that wasn't the case.
"I just feel like it's time for someone to stand up and say enough is enough," Adams added.
Late last month Adams filed a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights about the school bus incident, claiming her son was harassed by the young girl due to his race and sex.
"It makes me feel like really crummy about the whole thing. Nobody really cared that I'm here right now, I'm a person," Adetunji Adams, Sarah's son said.
Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton declined an on-camera interview but sent us this statement saying in part:
The complaints were thoroughly reviewed in a meeting between the parent, members of our Board, and the superintendent. It is our belief that the process worked, that positive outcomes have already been realized, and that more will follow."
"It made me feel really bad of, why am I subjecting my children to this? Why don't I just move them?" Adams said.
"Because if we move, they win. If we stay, at least we know the people who are coming behind us may have a smoother path."
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