KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A metro mom feels helpless after police say her daughter was attacked at school. The mother said students are targeting her daughter because of her skin color.
Police say a 12-year-old girl was punched in the face at school by another student Monday at the Frontier School of Excellence off 56th Street and Troost in Kansas City.
Chandis Kee said this is the second time in two weeks her daughter was attacked, and she said it’s because of her race.
“About two weeks ago she reported being called racial names,” the mom said.
She said that’s about the time her 12-year-old daughter Blessyed was first attacked by two girls.
“One pushed her and the other one pushed her and she tried to fight back, that was the end of that. They called her racial names that day,” she said.
The school confirmed “an incident happened” and said it was “quickly rectified and resolved.”
But Kee said Monday, her daughter was attacked again.
“She just started hitting me in my face area. Everything went black and every time she hit me, it was just like bursts of light. It happened so fast, and then I wondered, ‘Why would she do this?’ because I didn’t even know the girl. I’ve never seen her or ever talked to her.” Blessyed Kee said.
“My daughter got attacked. Attacked. Twice in two weeks,” the mom added.
FOX 4 asked the school for an interview but the media outreach coordinator said the Dean of Discipline declined. Instead, the school sent the following email:
In regards to your inquiry below, we take these situations very seriously – school safety is our priority.
Our Dean of Discipline at the school investigated and addressed the situation. We followed our Student Handbook discipline policy which is posted on our website @ http://www.frontierschools.org. The handbook can be located by clicking on the “Campuses” tab and then selecting Frontier School of Excellence (South Campus) – the handbook is located in the left navigation under “About Us”.
This is the only information we can share.
FOX 4 obtained a copy of the police report from. It describes the victim’s swollen eye, and the vice principal told police “the attack was unprovoked.”
“It’s been multiple times. People call me white when I’m walking down the hallway or [pointing to the playground] we were standing over there one day and someone called me a white curse word,” Blessyed said.
FOX 4 asked the school about the victim’s previous reports of racial slurs and the school said officials “had no prior references to bullying.”
But Kee said, “She did warn them! She did warn them they were calling her racial names in the hallway.”
Kee said she didn’t feel reassured from school officials after either attack and now she doesn’t know what to do with her daughter.
“The school, how are they going to reassure me that they feel safe when she warned them and they didn’t care? She did all the right things,” said Kee. "She doesn`t want to be white anymore. What do I do then? I can`t change her color. She`s white."
Kee said the school told her girl who punched her daughter was suspended, but they wouldn’t tell her anything more, including the attacker’s name. Kee said that is frustrating because she needs to know who hit her daughter in order to request a restraining order.