Plano school officials are working with police to investigate claims that a Haggard Middle School student was bullied and abused by classmates.
The mother of a student contacted the school resource officer at Haggard earlier this week, according to Plano Police spokesman David Tilley. The officer is now working with a juvenile crimes detective on the case.
Tilley said he could not release more information because the incident remains under investigation. But viral social media posts allege racist and homophobic abuse by Plano students against the child, who is Black.
A change.org petition has garnered thousands of signatures as parents call on Plano ISD officials to take action and protect students.
A district spokeswoman confirmed that the administration is aware of the bullying allegations and working with law enforcement to investigate.
“Our district does not tolerate or condone bullying or harassing behavior, and is taking prompt and remedial action to address concerns,” Lesley Range-Stanton wrote in an email.
She said the incident was first reported March 2, took place off-campus and wasn’t school related. The district does not discuss disciplinary actions taken against specific students.
The Next Generation Action Network circulated videos which they say show the Black student was ”tortured for days and forced to drink his white former teammates’ urine” at a sleepover, during which he was also called slurs and beaten. The group slammed Plano officials, saying they have not taken appropriate action.