COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Cobb County high school student says more needs to be done about what she calls racial intimidation by another student.
The student told Channel 2 Action News it involved the sound effect of a whip on a cellphone.
Channel 2′s Tom Regan was live at Walton High School Monday, where school administrators said there was no racist intent.
Ivy Williams is a high achieving student at Walton High School and a member of the school's African American Heritage Club.
She said what she heard behind her in the hall last week was very disturbing.
“I heard a whipping sound,” Williams said. “I turned around and the student was looking at me in the eye. I told him, like, ‘What are you doing. That's not funny,’ and he said, ‘I know. It's not funny.’"
“Was this racially offensive to you?” Regan asked Williams.
“Yes, it definitely was," Williams said.
When Ivy Williams told her mom what happened, Shoshana Williams said she was “shocked and disgusted.”
The mom and daughter complained to school leaders that it was a hate crime, bullying or racial intimation, but the investigation concluded none of the above.
“They said he did it to other white kids. 'How can it be racist if he did it to other white kids?’” Shoshana Williams said.
The mother told Regan the student also told school officials that he was only showing her the phone app and wanted to apologize to Ivy Williams, who said that may be hard to accept.
"In this situation he lied about what happened and that’s not something I can accept,” Ivy Williams said.
Cobb County Schools gave Channel 2 Action News a statement, which said in part:
"Whenever such a bad experience is reported, administration investigates (by collecting relevant facts and witnesses) to determine what’s true and what’s not and the student code of conduct is applied appropriately.”
The mother and daughter said after what happened, some racial sensitivity training may be useful for staff and students.
“To make the school a little safer and more culturally sensitive to all students in attendance,” Shoshana Williams said.
The mother and daughter said the school system won’t give them the name of the student who was investigated or whether or not he was punished.
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