While attending High School (junior year), I was sitting in class socializing with other students. We were allowed to socialize for the first ten minutes of class. I was engaged in a conversation with a couple of my classmates, when another student (white male) addressed me inappropriately. I immediately made some statements back to the student. We went back in forward for a minute and he called me a B!#ch. When he made that statement, I became very upset. The teacher, who was white, finally asked what was going on. I tried to explain to her what happened. She didn’t want to hear my story. She asked me to have a sit and began to ask the white male student what happened. Based on his statements, she wrote me up for disrupting the class and using profanity. I was sent me to the principal’s office. My feelings was hurt because I felt like because I was black and the teacher and student that I was arguing with was white, I was not treated fairly. Her recommendation was for me to be suspended from school for 3 days.
I was very upset and I felt as if I was not treated fairly because of the color of my skins. I was not given a chance to prove myself. In my opinion, the white male student did not learn anything from the solution. My parents ended up having a conference with the school principal and teacher about the incident. The principal decided to interview students from the class and out of 20 students, 15 made a statement that they heard the two of us arguing and the only profanity word used was by the white male. I know I was wrong for arguing in class and I would have accepted the punishment of “disrupting the class”, but I also felt as if the white student should have been punished also for using profanity and disrupting the class. Fair is Fair!!