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10-year-old Cedarburg student fears for her life after racist comment, death threat at school

NOW: 10-year-old Cedarburg student fears for her life after racist comment, death threat at school


"I can't work in peace knowing this is on her mind. Is she safe? I don't know," said Santoasha Harris.

Harris has been worrying about her daughter's safety for a month.

"January 18th I picked her up from school as usual, and she asked what was racism?" said Harris.

Harris's 10-year-old daughter overheard another student say he wanted to kill her because she was black.

First Immanuel Lutheran School called police right away. The boy was suspended for a day, and the principal said, over the phone to CBS 58 that she believes they've offered everything they can regarding the situation.

The Cedarburg Police found the boy's statement wasn't 'a credible threat' and the matter was left for the school to deal with. The police chief says the county was asked to provide counseling services to the individuals involved.

Harris says her daughter was bullied previously, and transferred to the Cedarburg Lutheran school hoping for a safer experience. She wishes the school would have offered her daughter support, given that history, and she is worried the school doesn't understand how threatening those words are.

"First she was scared to go to school, asking, 'Is he going to kill me, mom? You think something going to happen?' I tried to reassure her everything was okay, but inside I don't want to send her."

Since the incident, Harris has asked for support services for her daughter. Both she and the school confirm the family will meet with the school's pastor next week.

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DavidEmiley 235 days ago
The boy should be expelled and sent to family court. Typical that they tried to sweep this under the rug in Cedarburg.
marquettemama 236 days ago
Good job to the police department and school for handling this appropriately based on their investigation, which apparently found a different story than what this mom is reporting to the news.
I will pray for this family, especially for the children, to feel loved and welcome and safe in the school.
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