MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The Moss Point School District is under fire. The controversy involves one of its bus drivers who parents say allegedly used racial slurs against students. Now, the NAACP has stepped in to help investigate and get answers from the district.
Atari Boler and Ashley Lee are furious. The parents said Monday, their kids got off the Moss Point school bus crying and upset because the bus driver allegedly screamed obscene words at them.
"They say he keep repeating the N-word. Y'all N-word sit down," said Boler.
The parents said they couldn't believe such foul language would even be used against kids.
"The bus driver has a job to drive the bus safely to and from school, but out of character name calling is a no-no," Lee said.
The parents claimed they immediately called school district transportation officials to complain, but little was done.
"When they called me back, they said they were going to look into further investigation. When I first called, I asked about the camera, and they said I never heard him say the N-word," said Boler.
"They didn't take it as serious as I think they should," said Lee.
The Jackson County NAACP Chapter President Curley Clark agrees.
"We feel like the term is degrading, and our young people shouldn't be subjected to it, especially someone on the school system that is in authority," said Clark.
Clark and his team have now launched their own investigation to get answers from the school district.
"The parents feel like the safety and emotional stress on their kids wasn't being taken into consideration by the school administration," said Clark.
If the allegations are true, Clark and these parents said the bus driver should be reprimanded and terminated.
"You are talking about a school district that is over 70 percent minority, and to have a white person use that type of language in the presence of children is just unacceptable. We feel like the school district should man up," Clark said
"It is already a bad society as it is, and when they are growing up, they still have to hear racial remarks. It is crazy and ridiculous," Boler said.
Moss Point Schools Superintendent Maggie Griffin said the allegations have not been forgotten, and the district takes all complaints and concerns from parents seriously. Griffin also said the district is closely investigating the matter.