CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A mother reached out to FOX 46 Charlotte about another report of racism at Central Cabarrus High School. In an email, she said a white student told her daughter – who’s black – to go back to her country during a class presentation on racism.
We spoke with her daughter, Kaliya Hill, who is an 11th grade student at Central Cabarrus High School.
“It hurt because you don’t like to think that racism is still here and you don’t think it’s going to happen to you, but it did.”
Kaliya says she was making a presentation about racism in English class. She was explaining how the “n” word is the most offensive racial slur.
“My argument was that we were taken from our country and that our names were changed and the “n” word was used to degrade us of our worth.”
Kaliya says a white student interrupted her mid-sentence.
“The white student said, ‘go back’. He whispered it like no one was supposed to hear it. Everybody stopped and asked him to say it again. He said, ‘go back’.”
That student was punished five days later with a one-day out-of-school suspension, according to the disciplinary note from the school.
Kaliya says she’s upset by how the school handled it.
“The fact it took so long, the fact it was such a light disciplinary action.”
Kaliya’s mom says she reached out to the superintendent and other district leaders.
“I would like for the school to get some diverse training. For the staff members, the administrators, and then they can teach the students also. I want everyone to speak up. Stop being quiet about the situation. Racism exists. Hatred exists,” said Kenya McGriff.
Cabarrus County Schools would not confirm what happened. The spokesperson never responded to how the district is addressing racism.
Kaliya’s dad, Al McGriff, says he’s upset about the incident and how the school has handled it.
“No parent would want their child to deal with something like that. I get emotional with my daughter. I don’t appreciate what was said.”
We reached out to the student who was suspended and spoke with his dad over the phone. He said his son is receiving threats and wants this to die down.
But Kaliya says wants to shed light on what happened.
“I’m a cheerleader, I run track, I support the school. In the meantime, I’m feeling this way inside. That I’m being looked upon as different when I’m like everybody else.”