CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Two students were suspended from Hamilton High School after a video from inside of a classroom shows them directing a racial slur towards another student.
"The video basically shows a young lady in his class that says, 'Eric is a n****r' on her arm, written in a black ink pen," Adrienne Bryant, Eric's mother explained.
Adrienne said the incident happened last Friday and the students involved were immediately disciplined. However, she wasn't alerted to the incident until the following Tuesday, when Eric's teacher started emailing her about his homework.
"He said 'mom, it's so funny that they want to focus on my assignments but yet they said nothing to you about a video circulating of them calling me a n****r,'" Adrienne said.
By Wednesday, she tried getting in touch with school counselors. She said no one at the school reached out to Eric about the incident until this morning, a week after the video was recorded.
"Does he feel that he is protected, that somebody is looking out for his best interest as a student? Does his voice even matter? And had I not reached out and made the contacts, it probably would've went under the rug," Adrienne said.
Over a phone interview, Eric said that his classmates showed him the video and he told them to delete it, for their sake. However, they decided to share it to others.
His mom said she learned that other minority students also saw the video.
"I just don't want this to happen to another student. Doesn't matter their color, those words should not be used. Whether it be towards whites, blacks, Hispanics, it doesn't matter. It should not be tolerated," Adrienne said.
Eric said he doesn't feel threatened by his classmates and he's known them for years, but he does wish they understood how hurtful that word can be. He said the girl in the video called him immediately to apologize.
Adrienne wants to make sure these students learn their lesson.
"This type of behavior, I consider it almost like a hate crime. It's discrimination and it's racism to the highest degree," Adrienne said. "And for the school not to contact me as a parent, to say that here is what our problems are, I have a problem with that."
Chandler Unified School District released a statement:
"Hamilton High has no tolerance for this type of behavior. It is not reflective of the overall student body. The school disciplined the students involved promptly when it learned about the incident. Regrettably there was oversight in communicating with the mother of the student who was videotaped."