White Teen Calls Student ‘Black Piece Of S**t’ In Disturbing Video
By Taryn Finley
A mother in Raleigh, North Carolina, is seeking justice for her 15-year-old son, who says he was the target of a white student’s continued racism and harassment at school. The teen’s story has gained nationwide attention after a video of his altercation with the white student Friday went viral.
Wake Forest High School sophomore Micah Speed is captured in an Instagram video, posted by a fellow student, pulling the white teen to the ground by his backpack. The white student gets up, calls Micah a “black piece of s**t” and walks away. Micah then pulled the student to the ground again. A female faculty member begins reprimanding Micah, warning him not to touch her or he’s in “big trouble,” and telling him the white student only “used words.”
Micah was suspended for 10 days. The other student wasn’t punished at the time.
What the video doesn’t show, however, is the alleged harassment that Micah said led him to his boiling point. Micah told ABC 11 that he endured two months of the student’s racial slurs and degrading comments before the two got into a physical altercation.
“He threw the N-word around very loosely, said things that I looked like I bathed in coffee beans and dirt,” Micah told the outlet. He said that he reported the harassment to a teacher three times in the past.
Micah told WRAL that the day of the altercation, the student told him that he should “name [his] kids crack head and convict because that’s what they would grow up to be.” But the point that pushed him “over the edge” is when the student showed Micah a video of him shooting a gun and threatened to kill him and his family, he told CBS North Carolina.
Since the video of the altercation went viral, students have been rallying in support of Micah.
Someone started a Change.org petition demanding the high school address the “bullying” and “blatant racism.” It’s gotten more than 16,000 signatures.
Students protested in the hallways of their school. They chanted, “Bring Micah back.”
Micah’s suspension has been reduced to five days since his story gained traction. His mom, Yolanda Speed, told News & Observer that she was told that the administration decided to punish the white student at that time as well, but she wasn’t given any details. Speed believes the other student was punished because the video went viral.