The mother of the Texas student seen hitting a Black high
school substitute teacher in a video posted on social media has spoken out
about her daughter's behavior. Brittany Evans told WFAA her daughter is
autistic, bipolar, and battles depression with anxious distress.
It's unclear when the incident occurred at Castleberry High
School near Forth Worth. The viral video, which was posted by Black_natutral on
TikTok last weekend, shows the student walking to the front of a classroom and
ending a landline phone call the teacher is making at her desk. The student
later hits the teacher on the arm after removing the student's hand from the
phone, the video shows.
After striking the teacher, the video shows the student
calling her mother using racially offensive language while on the phone. She
said, "I need you to [unintelligible] now. This teacher's about to get
f----- up if she doesn't get the f--- away from me. You want to talk to her?
She's Black, and she's pissing me off right now."
The student is facing a three-day suspension, with more
Evans told WFAA she doesn't know where she learned the
offensive language from. She said they don't throw racial slangs ever in her
household. Evans added she's had more than 10 meetings with district leaders
trying to get her daughter moved into special education classes.
"I wish the school would label her correctly so we
didn't have to go through this," Evans said.
Castleberry ISD tweeted a statement on Monday, November 22
it is aware of the videos circulating social media and has turned the incident
over to law enforcement officials for review. The district praised the
teacher's conduct in the face of "criminal activity" and
"racially charged comments and threats."
Evans told the news outlet she also commends the teacher's behavior,
saying she was "upset for the teacher." She also said she wanted to
apologize to the teacher who was subbing in for the day according to WFAA.
"She is an amazing woman. She is calm, very collected,
super sweet. I wanted to reach out to her but didn't know how," Evans
said. "She is, in my eyes, a saint. And needs an award."