Education

Sikh Coalition Says Gwinnett’s Bullying Response Is ‘Inadequate’

A student who was bullied on a Gwinnett County school bus filmed the incident and the video went viral.
A student who was bullied on a Gwinnett County school bus filmed the incident and the video went viral.
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A Gwinnett County student of the Sikh faith, which originated in India’s Punjab region, was bullied on the bus recently. The student caught the incident on his phone.Hear the broadcast version of this story.

The student is wearing a turban in the video. He filmed himself and some kids behind him. It’s hard to understand most of what the kids are saying, but it’s not hard to understand when one student calls him a “terrorist.”

Gwinnett school officials declined an interview, but they issued a statement that says the school “has taken appropriate disciplinary action with the students who were involved.”

They wouldn’t say what those actions are.

Rajdeep Singh, senior director of law and policy  for the Sikh Coalition, says the response is inadequate.

  “It’s not very, sort-of, brave to punish a child for bullying,” Singh says. “I think what we need to be asking ourselves is, ‘Why are children calling each other terrorists?’”

Singh says Gwinnett needs to update its bullying policies and provide training for teachers, students and bus drivers.