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Upper East Side school ignored racist bullying of sixth-grade son, says mom
By Susan Edelman
March 16, 2019 | 9:32pm | Updated


Allyson Davis, left, says Robert F. Wagner Middle School acknowledged the targeting of sixth-grade son Tyler only when she asked.


The parents of an 11-year-old black student whose white classmate draped a “noose” of yarn around his neck at an Upper East Side public school are outraged that no one called them after the frightening incident.

The white kid told him, “This is what your ancestors went through,” and later called the victim “burnt,” a racial slur for dark skin.

His mom, Allyson Davis, said she learned what happened to her son Tyler at Robert F. Wagner Middle School three days later only when the distressed boy told his older sister.

She told The Post that the school’s assistant principal, Lindsay Oakes, acknowledged that the teacher witnessed the bullying of her sixth-grade son — the only black child in his class — but only after she asked about it.

“They were definitely trying to brush this under the rug,” Davis said.

Saying she was “alarmed to hear” about the March 8 incident, Oakes told Davis she had talked to the student responsible and called his parents, the mom said.

But Oakes would not discuss discipline with Davis, citing confidentiality, she said.

In an interview with The Post, Tyler said he was shocked and upset by the encounter, which occurred while he and other students were in art class weaving with yarn.

“I was having a conversation with my friends,” he said. “That’s when the kid came up behind me and tied a piece of yarn around my neck. It wasn’t tightened to the point where I could not breathe.”

After the “ancestors” remark, Tyler and his friends told the kid to stop and asked why he did it. “He said it was just a joke,” Tyler said.

The next Monday, when Tyler mentioned something about burning, the other student said to him, “You’re already burnt,” he said.

When confronted, “He said it’s something his camp counselor says,” Tyler said. “That was his excuse.”

It was the first time he had been taunted at school, according to Tyler, who said, “I feel like he should apologize.”

The boy wants the school to put his tormentor in another sixth-grade classroom, but administrators told his mom that Tyler had to switch classes if he wanted to avoid him, Davis said.

His parents have kept him home since last Monday. “He loves school and his after-school clubs,” said dad Terry Davis. “It’s not fair to him.”

Davis went to the NYPD’s 19th Precinct station house. Officers confirmed the incident and agreed to let her file a report, a spokesman said.

Schools are obligated to notify parents immediately when their kids are bullied, according to rules the city Department of Education promised to follow after settling a class-action lawsuit last year.

Last week, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli blasted the city for under-reporting school bullying incidents.

More than a third of all NYC schools in 2015-16 and nearly a third in 2016-17 did not cite a single occurrence, his audit found.

In January, parents of students at Robert F. Wagner complained that the school didn’t keep them informed when a student posted photos of guns on Instagram with the message, “See you guys tomorrow.” The NYPD called it a hoax.

Oakes did not respond to an *e-mail seeking comment.

“Our schools must be safe and welcoming environments for all students, and they must report incidents to families promptly,” said DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot.

She said the school investigated the March 8 allegation “immediately” and “addressed it through discipline and guidance counseling.”
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