BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Beverly Graham says her grandson Traquan is being targeted at the Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County not because of the quality of his actions, but rather the color of his skin.
“You have got to know that this school is so racist it’s pathetic,” Graham said. “No one really knows until you go into the school and talk to the kids.”
Graham says she has had enough. Her grandson Traquan was recently suspended for 45 days on drug charges from Clarkton School of Discovery. She says Traquan was falsely accused of having marijuana on campus after two other boys were found with the drug. She says the principal of Clarkton has had a problem with Traquan since he accused her of being racist.
“He is not a dummy. He saw what was going on with the racism, and he confronted her,” Graham said. “We had a meeting out there with them, and he confronted the lady and told her, ‘You’re racist. You don’t treat the kids of color like you do the other kids.’ She was fire mad. They were all mad at him.”
Traquan says he saw that the other boys had the drug, but he did not know what it was. When he was called down to the office, he says principal Stephanie Ensminger told him to write in a report that he got the drugs at his bus stop.
“I just picked it up not realizing what it was,” Traquan said. “He just snatched it out of my hands. I didn’t have time to do anything at all. Just forget about it.”
Graham says eventually the other boys changed their story and told the principal Traquan was not involved. Now, she just wants her grandson’s name cleared.
“This is an innocent child, and the other two boys have told them this boy has nothing to do with it, and they still won’t change it,” Graham said.
Bladen County Schools Interim Superintendent Roland McKoy says Traquan’s suspension will be upheld, even though Graham appealed the board with the new evidence. When we tried to speak with McKoy on camera, he told us he was not allowed to talk about disciplinary actions of a student, even if we had consent from a parent or guardian. He also said it is his job to protect the children in his county, but he said, “I don’t need to be on TV to prove nothing.”