Approve District Choice Transfer for Nasir Andrews
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Nasir Andrews, a 5th grader in the Bellevue School District, has endured more than what should be considered as persistent and pervasive bullying. Since sharing her bully story viral video and changing schools, the bullying continues.
In November, Nasir shared that a district staff at her school, Cherry Crest Elementary, accused her of stealing an ice cream, stopped her and searched her jacket. Nasir did not have an ice cream in her possession at all, leaving Nasir to feel publicly humiliated in front of her peers.
As a minority student of color, reinforcing a stereotype of criminalization and poverty can be perceived as an act of discrimination and harassment. THE FAMILY WANTS OUT!
Nasir's parents spoke to the Manager of Admissions in their choice Seattle Public School District and was told that their request would be denied due to it not being a hardship. Currently, the two hardships that warrant a district transfer are: homelessness and domestic violence
We believe school districts should recognize BULLYING as a hardship!
Pervasive bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, and suicide. These are hardships for students and families. Parents often feel powerless and hopeless that their child is trapped in a toxic school environment.
The State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will have to approve the appeal of the denial. Please sign this petition in support of Nasir Andrews and other students who may need to transfer school districts before it's too late!
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