A group of eighth-grade bullies at a Long Island Catholic school sent racist pictures to a black classmate — including one of the boy with a gun to his head — and the school did nothing, a new lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court charged Friday.
The parents of 14-year-old Devin Moore say in their suit that the vile images were first sent to their son through the online gaming app, Discord, in December, then again about a month ago.
One photo said, “Black People Are Not Functioning Members Of Society.” Other pictures show a noose and a man dressed in a KKK uniform, according to court papers.
After repeated attempts to meet with teachers at St. Mary School in East Islip to end the harassment, parents Ursula and Willie Moore claim “no meaningful or effective steps were immediately taken to ensure a ‘sense of safety,'” the lawsuit says.
“The only ‘plan’ provided to Plaintiff Devin Moore was a suggestion that he ‘speak up when he feels he is being bullied,'” the suit continues. “When Plaintiff Devin Moore followed the advice he was given and ‘spoke up,’ nothing was done.”
The court papers included a screenshot of the Daily News’ May 19 front page after the Santa Fe High School shooting, which read, “With yesterday’s Texas massacre, there have now been more students or teachers killed by guns in U.S. schools than active-duty military deaths in 2018.”
Devin’s mother said they attached the page to highlight the dangers of school bullying.
“They told me the boys said it was a joke,” explained Ursula Moore, 44. “But there’s nothing funny about a noose. There’s nothing funny about the KKK.”
“It sends a message that these kids can do anything and still go to school while my son Devin has nightmares, has anxiety. He keeps thinking someone is trying to get him,” she said.
The Moores are demanding that the students involved be kicked out of the school.
They also want the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which runs St. Mary School, to transfer Devin and his younger brother Dondre, 11, to another school within the diocese, and create a trust fund that will pay for the siblings’ college tuition.