A 12-year-old boy was suspended from St. Gabriel Consolidated School in Glendale after engaging in a staring contest with a girl. Because he looked at her too hard, and she got scared. Staring contests are not for the weak of heart! The incident happened in 2014, but his parents filed suit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to see if they could get the suspension record expunged from his history. They felt the punishment was unjustified, but their suit's been denied. While his parents don't want to say it explicitly themselves, everyone else is saying that race was a factor, since he's black and the girl was white.
His mom, Candice Tolbert, does seem pretty pissed at the discrepancy in punishments meted out to the two children at St. Gabriel:
“The same girl that accused my son of this act of perception of intimidation, aggressively poured milk on someone else’s lunch. When she did that there was no penalties for that. She received nothing for that.”
Maybe the girl was putting out a fire? Candice is also annoyed by the time it took the school to bring the issue to their attention:
The incident happened on a Monday. The school was notified by the girl’s parents on Tuesday. They allegedly notified the Tolbert’s son on Tuesday, but did not tell the Tolbert’s until Wednesday. By that time, their son had already written an apology letter, which the parents said they were unaware of until notified by the school.
The boy's letter read in part:
“I never knew she was scared because she was laughing. I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.”
Oh my god, give this kid a break, please! The family still intends to file an appeal, but in the meantime looking remains a crime at St. Gabriel.