SOUTH BEND, Ind. — REAL News Michiana has obtained video showing a black student slapping a white student while allegedly calling him a cracker during a basketball game at the Paramount Charter School in South Bend. The parent of the victim has now pulled her 12-year-old son out of the school while detailing major problems with Paramount’s curriculum, teachers and staff.
According to the parent, the incident involving the slap happened at an intramural basketball game in late October. While multiple teachers and staff saw the incident, none of them responded. One of the teachers, a man by the name of Clark de Fluiter, can be seen in the background laughing. RNM has learned he was the PE Teacher, but has now been moved teaching 5th grade.
RNM has viewed more video following the incident where the attacking child was allowed to continue playing the basketball game. According to the victim’s parent, the attacker later hit her child in the ribs and continued to yell racial slurs.
“It’s a disaster. I homeschooled my children until this year. I enrolled them in Paramount because they claimed to have a robotics program and other things for my children. Not only does the robotics program not exist, they’re not even teaching science and history!” The mother, who wished not to be named, said to RNM. “(Even though they’re not teaching science and history) they’re still giving out grades for what they’re not teaching.”
The parent tells RNM her child was constantly bullied for being white, with students hurling racial slurs and threatening violence on a regular basis. All of this happened in front of teachers and staff who did nothing to stop the racist and violent attacks, according to the parent.
This is the first year of operation for Paramount Schools of Excellence South Bend located at 3414 Helper Street. Paramount has four other schools — three in Indianapolis and one in Lafayette.
According to the school’s website, “Paramount South Bend works to make students and communities thrive. The schools’ innovative academic approach is focused, supportive, and proven. The curriculum connects Indiana state standards to rigorous, relevant, and culturally responsive pedagogy. The foundation of Paramount’s education design incorporates technology with irreplaceable teacher interaction that prepares students for college and career readiness. Paramount’s education framework and hardworking staff have proven to be a successful combination.”
RNM reached out to the school principal for comment. As of publication, we have not received a response.
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