Certain kinds of bullying are up at Hamilton County Schools

Incidents based on race, color and national origin are on the rise

Staff photo by Carmen Nesbitt / Parent Darnella Orr addresses the Hamilton County Board of Education on June 16, 2022, saying her daughter was attacked by two boys with pencils when she was coming out of the bathroom at Hunter Middle School.

When her 13-year-old daughter left the bathroom at Hunter Middle School in Ooltewah, Darnella Orr said, two boys attacked her with pencils, leaving a cut on her thumb and pencil marks on her black skin.

According to her daughter's recollection, at least one of the boys was white, Orr said in an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Both were suspended for three days, she said, but Orr said her daughter will never return to Hunter Middle.

Orr said she believes the attack was racially motivated, as her daughter has been relentlessly bullied and harassed for the color of her skin by students at school.

In the past, she's been called a "black ape" while at school. And in text messages obtained by the Times Free Press, fellow students have called her a "N---" and a "black B--."

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