Target: Darrin Pike, CEO and Director of Education at the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District
Goal: Stop the bullying and harassment of Torrence Collier, a fifth-grader persecuted because of his race
Every day at his school in Westport, a fifth-grader named Torrence Collier faces slurs, threats, and assaults from other students. He is the only black child in his town, and though he feels safe at home, his time at St. Peter’s Academy has become a racist nightmare.
His parents found out when they found a letter written by Torrence in which he said that he wanted to die. He has been called various names, such as “mudslide,” a “rapist,” and the n-word. The bullying is so constant that Torrence himself questions whether the accusations against him are true.
At school, Torrence is supervised all day, and he even uses a separate bathroom from the other students out of fear of assault. He has been approved to transfer to another school, but the family is afraid that they will not be able to pay for gas and other expenses involved in the transfer. Aside from that, given the racist accusations against Torrence, the family is not sure that transferring will even solve the problem.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has claimed to have held anti-bullying presentations at St. Peter’s Academy, and yet Torrence still suffers openly every day. Sign the petition below to help stop the bullying and racism against Torrence.
Dear Mr. Pike,
The bullying against Torrence Collier at St. Peter’s Academy has been going on for the entire year and a half since he enrolled. To allow such horrific actions against a child merely for his race is absolutely unacceptable. Torrence has endured not only slurs but also threats and outright assaults against him.
I urge you to take action at once to stop these occurrences. Torrence is an eleven-year-old child, and he deserves none of the cruel treatment that he has received at St. Peter’s Academy. This school is under your jurisdiction; stop this bullying and give Torrence the educational experience that every child deserves.
[Your Name Here]
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