Parents speak about daughter’s experience being threatened with lynching by Boston Latin classmate

Milton Britton and his wife, Lori, parents, of a Boston Latin School student who was called a racial slur and threatened with a reference to lynching, pose for a portrait at their home in Boston.
Milton Britton and his wife, Lori, parents, of a Boston Latin School student who was called a racial slur and threatened with a reference to lynching, pose for a portrait at their home in Boston. –Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe

The parents of a Boston Latin School student who was threatened by a classmate are speaking out about their daughter’s experience, The Boston Globe reports.

Milton Britton Jr. and Lori Britton told the Globe they were stunned when they learned of their daughter’s experience and that no school officials had reached out to them about it.

According to the Globe, one of the girl’s male classmates called her a crude racial epithet and told her, while holding an electric cord, “I should lynch you with this.’’

The teen told her parents that she told a teacher after the threat was made, who then informed two assistant headmasters. The boy was told to write a letter of apology.

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“It’s not just the fact that he said it and threatened her life, but it is the inaction of the people in power,’’ said Lori Britton, the girl’s mother.

The parents told the Globe that during a meeting last June, the school’s headmaster, Lynn Mooney Teta, told them their daughter’s experience was an isolated incident and that the boy’s parents had been informed. Investigators later found that in addition to failing to notify the Brittons of the incident, Teta also failed to notify the male student’s parents.

According to the Globe, the lynching threat is one of seven race-related that has been investigated and is the only one in which the school was found to not have responded adequately.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday it is launching an independant investigation into the school after receiving a complaint from eight civil rights organizations.

The Brittons filed a report in February with school police alleging additional incidents of bullying and still hope the boy will be disciplined, according to the Globe.

Read the full Globe report here.

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