On February 13, 2019, Lenape Valley Regional High School played Wallkill Valley Regional High School in a school basketball game at Wallkill Valley High School. We attended the game as a family as always (Nasir’s father, mother, sister, and grandmother). During the game my son Nasir Dickerson was subjected to the sounds of Monkey Noises towards him, and being called a “Nigger & Monkey” throughout the WHOLE game. The officials did NOTHING, the school administrators did NOTHING.
At the end of the 4th quarter with 1 minute remaining in the game my son Nasir was walking to the bench and the crowd continued with the RACIAL SLURS even louder. As Nasir approached the bench my husband stood up and applauded our son for his 20 point game, his hardwork and pushing through such a hostile environment. While he stood, the crowd supporting Wallkill stuck their middle fingers up and continued with the racial slurs but now it was being directed towards Nasir’s father and family. So my husband stuck his middle finger back up back at them while standing. My husband didn’t want to cause a scene because we knew where we were and how it would have ultimately played out (Not in our favor). As my husband sat down 2 caucasian men aggressively ran up the bleachers (one with a firearm on his hip). The one without the firearm was Superintendent David Carr, and the first words out his mouth was “Get Out!!”. When my husband asked ” Why, I’m a parent? Who do you think your talking to like that? You dont hear them over there, you don’t see them over there?” Superintendent David Carr told my husband “Get up and Get out or you will be arrested”. My husband was ejected and escorted all the way to the front door by the one man with the firearm on his hip. Nasir’s grandmother left with my husband as well. My husband felt threatened, disrespected, bullied, singled out because of his color and embarrassed. Meanwhile the racial slurs continued.
The game ended and my daughter and I waited for Nasir to come out of the locker room because of the hostile environment that we were in. As we walked out of Wallkill Valley Regional High School a few students yelled “You don’t belong here”, in front of the man with the handgun on his hip that escorted my husband out the school. ” I told him to control those kids”. He says “Why are you still here, they are under control”.
What happened to our son at Wallkill Valley Regional High School was very disturbing. How can this school system allow such hatred at a High School basketball game and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT!
We are not the only people who witnessed this behavior. Multiple parents as well as students did. This is NOT SPECULATION!! It is our duty as PARENTS to make sure this doesn’t happen to somebody else’s CHILD & FAMILY!!
PLEASE CALL AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR HORRENDOUS BEHAVIOR!
10 Grumm Rd
Hamburg NJ 07419
David Carr: Ext. 310
The Dickerson Family