Teenage Girls Claim Bully Targeted Them for Their Skin Color, Allegedly Said He Would 'Sell' Them 'Into Slavery'

The parents of two girls who attend a Christian School in Indianapolis claimed their daughters were bullied by another student for the color of their skin, and said the school had not done enough to prevent it.

Alexander Wortham told WRTV that his daughter, Imani, who attends the Horizon Christian School in Indianapolis, was acting strange, and asking to miss school. Wortham and parent Dominique Duncan later learned that their daughters were both being bullied and threatened by the same male student.

"Silence is killing our young people," Wortham told the news station. "People not dealing with the issue. Not dealing with the problem and I think for us, as parents, enough is enough."

Imani and her friend, LaShanti, told WRTV that a male student, who also attended the private school, told them things like "If the school ever gets shot up, you'll be the first one to get shot."

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Horizon Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Two girls and their parents claim they have been bullied at school by a white student who threatened them over the color of their skin. Screenshot/Google Maps

"He said he would sell me into slavery if I didn't do what he said, and then he started making little jingles about slavery," LaShanti told the news station.

The parents received an email from a school administrator that said the school had suspended the student after the girls' parents told the administration about the threats, WRTV reported. But the student was allowed to return to class last Monday. The girls stayed home all last week because they were not comfortable returning to class, according to the news station.

"We should be able to go to school and not feel threatened, scared or having to be on edge the whole time," Imani told WRTV. The parents called for a stronger policy on bullying and suggested that the school bring in experts to discuss race relations.

Newsweek reached out to the Horizon Christian School for comment but did not immediately hear back. The Horizon Christian School principal declined to comment to WRTV, saying that it was against the school's policy to discuss students without the parents' permission.

Earlier this month, a 9-year-old girl took her own life after she'd allegedly been bullied by a group of classmates. McKenzie Nicole Adams was found dead in her grandmother's home in Linden, Alabama, the Tuscaloosa News reported. She was buried on Sunday, according to the publication.

Adams's family told the Tuscaloosa News that she had been targeted by classmates at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, Alabama, for her friendship with a white student.

"She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as 'kill yourself,' 'you think you're white because you ride with that white boy,' 'you ugly,' 'black b**ch,' 'just die'," Eddwina Harris, Adams's aunt, told the publication. "It's an emotional roller coaster."