A woman has shared her story about being told by classmates at a public school in Tennessee that she was a racist.
The woman, who declined to give her name, said she was shocked when her child told her that her son, whom she had not met, was a “racial slur.”
The girl was at an elementary school in rural Tennessee in January when she was approached by her classmates about her race.
She was shocked to find out that her child was a student of the same ethnicity as her.
She shared the news with friends and family on social media.
In response, a Facebook page titled “What if I was black?” was created and more than 200 people joined.
The post garnered hundreds of comments and hundreds of shares.
A few weeks later, a local media outlet contacted the girl and her family and asked if they were interested in making the post public.
The girl’s mother, who asked to be identified only as Julie, told ABC News she was not worried about backlash.
She said she didn’t believe the family would be contacted.
“I think the more people who know that this is going on, the better,” Julie said.
“I don’t think they’re afraid of the consequences of that.”
The school district has since said it is investigating the case and has suspended the student indefinitely.
It has also said it will review its policies and procedures to make sure the district does not repeat the mistake.
In Tennessee, a person can be charged with violating the school’s racial slurs policy if they are involved in an incident involving a student with “a different race than the individual targeted,” according to the state Department of Education.
The person can also be punished with a $100 fine, or a one-day suspension.
In the wake of the incident, the Tennessee NAACP said the family should have reported it sooner.
“The family should be ashamed and the community should be outraged,” said Jimmie Davis, executive director of the organization.
“There’s no place for this in America.”ABC News’ Elizabeth Taremba contributed to this report.