Student Fearful After White Classmate Posts Snapchat Photo Of Her, Saying 'Wild N*****r Has Appeared We Must Lynch Her'
The white student received a 60 day suspension for the post.
January 04, 2019 at 8:00 pm
A New York high school student was reduced to tears as she described a racist Snapchat post a classmate made about her.
Minisink Valley High School student N'Senga Kinzonzi was retrieving a book from her backpack on October 21 when the unidentified student took a picture of her and posted it on Snapchat with a threatening message, reports News12.
A screenshot of the snap was posted to other social media platforms:
Her name is N’Senga Kinzonzi. The racist prick who posted this is Peter Krish. The school is Minisink Valley High School & the number is 845-355-5100. This has to stop. pic.twitter.com/fpjvtKCLZ6
— M. (@illastyles) December 22, 2018
“A wild n****r has appeared we mush [sic] lynch her,” the snap's caption read.
Kinzonzi, a sophomore, attempted to educate her classmate the about the effect of his words.
“And I, it saddened me that that’s what people thought when they see me,” she said. “So I decided to take an educational approach and give the boy a background on the n-word and the word lynching.”
The student who posted the snap was suspended from school for 60 days, according to WAMC. Kinzonzi doesn’t think his punishment was enough, however, and worries about what will happen to her when he returns to school.
“Apparently, the school is planning on changing his schedule, but that won’t prevent me from seeing him in the hallway,” Kinzonzi said. “And, when he does return, I know that the topic will be the new buzzing gossip in the school, and I’m going to have to go through that all over again.”
Kinzonzi's mother, Nicole, wants a staff overhaul.
“I want people removed from positions because that would send a message that it ends now. … People who are in positions that felt it was okay to ignore and ignore what they saw,” Nicole said. “I want them removed. They’re not good leaders at all.”
The family says the other Kinzonzi children have experienced racism while attending school. They have retained attorney Michael Sussman and will meet with school district officials on January 7. If they are not satisfied with the outcome, they plan to pursue legal action.
“I’m mostly concerned right now about the public in this county coming to understand that we have some very serious ongoing persistent issues that continue to arise, many of them amongst our young,” Sussman said. “We have a tremendous amount of prejudice on many levels, and we have to start dealing with it.”
School Superintendent Brian Monahan stated the district “has no tolerance for hateful language or any type of conduct that endangers the physical or emotional sense of safety and security of our students and staff."
Kinzonzi said she hopes her plight will help other students of color.
“I want me to be the last person in Minisink, in Orange County, in New York, to ever have to, ever have to go through this.”
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