An 8-year-old boy was on the school playground when he and his sister were attacked by three bullies, who all happen to be the children of teachers. He was beaten so badly by the older children, one of whom was 13 years old, that he had to be hospitalized. The racial slurs used by the children made it clear that they attacked the boy because he is African American.
On Nov. 14, Jordan Jackson and his 4-year-old sister, J’Niaha, were on the school playground while they were waiting for their parents. Three other kids, all of whom are white, were throwing mulch at him and his sister. When Jordan, who is an honor student and athlete, asked them to stop, they attacked. They told him that he “needs to go back to the cotton farm” and shoved Jordan to the ground multiple times. The little boy was body slammed at least twice.
Jordan’s arm was broken in the attack and he also suffered a concussion that has now progressed to post-concussion syndrome.
Cris Colbert, Jordan and J’Niaha’s uncle, set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the medical bills that are now stacking up. He explained on the fundraiser’s page what happened to his nephew.
My son, who understands the connotation of that statement because we’ve had those conversations before, was appalled, so he said, ‘That’s racist,’” Colbert says his sister, Alana Jackson, who is the children’s mother, explained. “The child responded ‘Why do you think it’s so racist? You do need to go back to the cotton farm.’ So at that point, my son began to try to defend himself because the 13-year-old was pushing him down and calling him a baby.”
Colbert added that the incident finally came to an end when “a fifth-grade student, who is said to have witnessed the entire incident, walked Jordan to the classroom where his mother was and informed her of the events. Though there were no adult witnesses to the incident, surveillance footage is available and is being used by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for their investigation.”
According to Colbert, Alana Jackson, who is also a teacher, was called into the school for a meeting the next day. The principal apologized but said that since the attack took place after hours and one of the children wasn’t a student, the school holds no responsibility and is not liable.
Alana Jackson then turned to the police. The sheriff’s office told her that the school most certainly is liable and suggested that she take Jordan’s medical bills into the school. The school responded by insisting once again that they hold no liability.
The GoFundMe page says that Jordan has been taken to the hospital three more times since the brutal beating, “the last two of which have been for extreme headaches, nausea and dizziness. Doctors have diagnosed him with post-concussion syndrome. It’s a set of symptoms that may continue for weeks, months or a year or more after a concussion.”
Colbert said he didn’t start the GoFundMe just to cover medical bills. Because Jordan’s injuries are so severe, Alana and her husband George have been taking time off work so that one of them is with him at all times to care for him since he is not yet able to return to school.
The goal for the fundraiser was $5,000 but so far they have raised $19,830. Jackson and Colbert said that any money raised after their goal is reached will be donated to charity.
Featured image via the Atlanta Black Star
April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.