Parents of Lunenberg, Mass. Teen Say School Isn't Doing Enough - NECN

Parents of Lunenberg, Mass. Teen Say School Isn't Doing Enough



    Isaac Phillips' home was tagged with hateful, racial slur; parents are looking at hiring an attorney (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: John Moroney, Lunenberg, Mass.) - A Lunenberg, Mass. teenager is meeting with school officials Monday. Isaac Phillips' Lunenberg home was tagged with a hateful, racial slur late last week that said "Knights don't need the n-word."

    On Sunday, more than 300 people attended a rally on the town common supporting Phillips and his family.

    Classes resumed Monday at Lunenberg High School for students, but freshman Isaac Phillips was not among them after racist graffiti was discovered on his home over the weekend.

    The town held Sunday’s rally to deal with and take a stand against this message of hate, which included the n-word.

    Phillips lives in the home with his siblings, as well as his mother, who is white, and his father, who is black. They say the youngster has been harassed and bullied as a member of the junior varsity football team.

    Isaac’s parents met with school officials Monday morning but they say the school is not doing enough to figure out who is responsible for this graffiti.

    “He’s not himself obviously. He still doesn’t know who to treat, obviously it hasn’t came out who it is, doesn’t know who to believe and doesn’t want to be here,” said Isaac’s mother, Andrea Brazier.

    “You know, there’s allegations against your team right now and this is how you want to go and address it. Like I said, they are allegations, you know… there’s a few kids, there’s two, three bad seeds, that is ruining this, and it’s not the whole team, but like I said, it falls on leadership,” said Isaac’s father, Anthony Phillips.

    NECN did try to get a comment from the school on Monday but was asked to leave the property. The superintendent is expected to say something later Monday.

    As for Isaac, it’s not known whether when or if he’ll return to Lunenberg High School, according to his parents, who are now looking at hiring an attorney.