It’s a scene sure to break your heart: A 9-year-old girl sits facing the camera, silently flipping through cue cards saying she’s been bullied at school.
“I don’t have any friends,” one card says. “I never felt included, liked or respected.” And “I don’t feel like anyone is helping or cares.”
The video posted to her mom’s Facebook page has since gotten more than 5 million views and 161,000 shares, and her parents say they hope it will finally lead to some change.
Nasir Andrews’ parents say she’s been bullied since she started a new school in September.
Kids at lunch would call her names such as “servant” and “Nutella.”
A student drew a picture of a loaded gun and put it in Nasir’s cubby, her parents said. On it were the words “die die die die.”
“It’s just really difficult not knowing if your child is safe at school,” her mom, Chantey Andrews, told CNN. “It just plagues the wholeness and the happiness of our family.”
Nasir is one of about 40 black students at Ardmore Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington, according to CNN affiliate KIRO. There are other minorities at the school, but Nasir said she was singled out.
CNN was unable to reach the Bellevue School District for comment. However, the district told KIRO in a statement that it is “saddened” by what Nasir describes in the video.
“We are very concerned about the well-being of all of our students,” it said. “The harassment, intimidation and bullying of any student is unacceptable.”
The district statement said it’s investigating the allegations.
The new kid
Nasir’s family moved to Washington from Georgia last year. That meant a new school and new friends.
Her parents said they looked forward to Nasir coming home from school and sharing positive first-day-of-school stories. But those stories never came.
“She said students would run away from her,” her mom said. “They were just treating her as if she didn’t belong.”
Her parents thought things would get better. They didn’t.