Seven Lakes Junior High School’s Black students were sent hateful and derogatory messages to their phones and Katy Independent School District is now investigating.
Three mothers at the Katy, Texas middle school were exceedingly bothered after they were informed by their upset daughters of what occurred at the school.
A group of young girls were eating lunch when they all received an incoming text message to their phone that displayed the word “nigger” multiple times and said “ya’ll can die”.
“It was like around 12:00 p.m. when everyone received the racist message,” 8th grader Kayla Lyons told Abc13.
“It went from phone to phone to phone. When everybody got it they started looking up at each other. I looked up at Kayla. Kayla shows me her phone. I looked across the room and there was a table of black boys and they were looking at their phone,” added Lyon’s friend Joy Smith.
Parent Mona Smith said she was flabbergasted when she’d learned what’d just happened. “I could not believe that my child, who is 13, had experienced this level of hate and this level of racism,” she said.
Monique Lyon said she walked into the school and saw “so many girls crying, that literally broke me down.”
Parents are now questioning how the person was able to gain access to their children’s private information.
Katy ISD said they’re working with police officials to discover the suspect behind the violent messages which came from two unknown numbers.
The Katy Independent School District released the following statement:
“This afternoon the campus administration at Seven Lakes Junior High was made aware of some racial and threatening text messages sent to a group of students, from two unknown numbers. The school administration along with the Katy ISD Police Department immediately launched an investigation to determine the source behind these inappropriate and offensive text messages. As an added precaution, police presence has been increased and we will remain on high alert until the end of the school year. At Katy ISD, providing a safe, secure and respectful environment is our top priority.”
School officials also said more law enforcement will be buffed up on Seven Lakes Jr. High’s campus until the end of the school year.
“The school needs to do something about it and not just sit around and say everything’s gonna be OK,” student Niya Peterson told the news station.
In the wake of Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas on May 18, one mother added she is “scared to death”.