Centerville student told: ‘go back to your country’

Mom concerned over racism at Centerville High School (WDTN Photo)
Mom concerned over racism at Centerville High School (WDTN Photo)

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A local mother says her daughter was targeted in the hallways at Centerville High School on Wednesday.

Diana Rangel says a day after Donald Trump was elected President a student told her daughter, ‘go back to your country’.

Rangel is worried that as a society bigotry and racism will be more acceptable now that Trump is the President-Elect.

“Donald Trump is saying it, so, they feel like it’s okay for them to say those things because my president-elect is saying these things,” she said.

Rangel’s 17-year-old daughter is a junior at Centerville High School. Her ethnicity is comprised of Mexican, Indian and American descent.

“She said, ‘I was in the hallway, walking to class and a girl I don’t even know started yelling and said ‘go back to your country,'” recounts Rangel of her conversation with her daughter. She said she was “shocked.”

Rangel says she raised her kids to be proud of their roots and hopes the bullying stops here.

“I’m worried for her because she is doing so well academically and I don’t want this to cause her anxiety,” she said.

2 NEWS reporter Maytal Levi spoke with the school’s principal who made an announcement Thursday morning to students about being accepting of one another.

Over the phone Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson said the district is being proactive and “We as administrators and the culture at Centerville High School is one that we are always going to support students and make sure everyone is treated fairly. We will be vigilant to make sure everyone feels safe at school and no one is uncomfortable.”

Rangel is pleased with how school officials are dealing with the incident. She says we all need to respect and be kind to one another.

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