When 14-year-old Davian Fraser met 50 Cent in 2016, he was overcome with emotion and tears streamed down his face.
50 shared a photo of himself with Fraser back then and jokingly referred to him as his son. Later, one of 50’s representatives said the rapper really took to the young man because he grew up in similar rough conditions. The G-Unit honcho also offered to help mentor Fraser and assist with his education.
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But Fraser’s mother Myasia Dickerson said that meeting in 2016 put a target on her son’s back, and at the beginning of this school year people started bullying him because of it.
Fraser attends Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, New York, and Dickerson explained to the New York Daily News some of what her son dealt with.
“It caused a big uproar in the school,” she said about the 50 Cent meeting. “The kids started to follow my son around, tried to put him on Snapchat, tried to take videos of him. They were following him to the train station.”
Dickerson also talked about an incident that took place on Dec. 16, when her son was beaten at school near a stairwell by four classmates.
“He was attacked from behind as he tried to walk away,” she explained. “He was punched in the head and then the student proceeded to fight him and then he slammed my son’s head onto the ground.”
Dickerson also said that someone followed her son to his locker, so he went to the fifth floor of the school to locate a security officer but wasn’t able to.
No arrests were made, although Fraser suffered from head and neck injuries, plus emotional and psychological trauma.
Dickerson is now suing the Department of Education for $5.5 million in damages and said her son hasn’t been back to the school since he was beaten.
The New York City mom also said the school failed to protect her son, giving some examples.
For one, Dickerson said before the attack Fraser tried to escape by ducking into a classroom, but a teacher told him to leave because the class was in session.
“The teacher told him, ‘No, I have a class right now. You can’t stay in my classroom,’” Dickerson stated.
She also said the high school let all of the security guards go to lunch at the same time.
“Parents have the right to expect a safe environment when they send their child to school,” said Sanford Rubenstein, Dickerson’s attorney. “When school personnel fail to provide that, especially when they are on notice of a problem, the school is liable to that child for damages.”
“My son was hurt,” Dickerson followed. “And that’s the main thing here. I should not fear for my child’s safety. He’s 14 … My son is broken. It’s heartbreaking.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Education has already responded and said, “The alleged incident occurred at a charter school not a DOE district school. We will review any litigation papers that are filed.”