‘Hateful, racist, hateful’: Former student says he was racially abused in ‘horrible and terrifying’ incident at Franklin High School
Posted November 07, 2018 06:16:58 Former Franklin High student Andrew T. Lewis said he was repeatedly assaulted by another student at Franklin on Friday, November 6, 2018.
Lewis was one of more than 100 students who attended Franklin High school during the first day of the school year, and said he heard students screaming racial slurs during the altercation.
Lewis, a sophomore, said he told another student to “get the f*** out of here.”
He said he didn’t report the incident until he received text messages from Franklin High administrators about the incident.
“I was afraid,” Lewis said.
“The whole school was freaking out.”
Lewis said that a male student and two female students, who were seated in the back of the classroom, were standing around talking about the event and asked if anyone was interested in being in the video.
“One of the girls started saying ‘you guys should be ashamed,’ and the guy [the male student] said ‘yeah, but he didn ‘t deserve it,'” Lewis said, noting that the female student “wasn’t really trying to be nice.”
“She was trying to get me to do something about it, so I was like ‘that’s not the way I feel,'” Lewis told The Daily Beast.
“That’s what you call bullying, right?”
The male student allegedly responded, “Yeah, I know, but that’s not what I’m saying.
I’m not trying to hurt you.
I just want you to know that I’m sorry.”
Lewis told the outlet that he told the male student to leave the class.
He said that when he tried to leave, he was pulled back by a female student and another student who “started yelling racial slurs” about him.
“They were really trying their best to make me feel uncomfortable,” Lewis told Axios.
“My friends were just sitting there, and I was just like, ‘why is this happening to me?'”
Lewis said his classmates were not wearing masks, but were “just trying to make it seem like something was happening to them.”
The unnamed male student reportedly then left the room and went to another room.
Lewis went to the next room and said that the male classmate “was just sitting next to me, and then one of the students took off his mask and started yelling at him.”
Lewis then left.
He was in a car with friends at a nearby McDonalds and said they all ran back to the school after hearing the noise.
“It was a lot of screaming,” Lewis explained.
“And I was trying my best to ignore it.”
He told The Guardian that he called his parents and told them about the alleged incident.
He also told the publication that he was concerned about his safety at Franklin because the school was not “safe.”
“Franklin High is supposed to be a safe place, and this is the first time that has happened,” Lewis added.
“If this has happened to me at Franklin, I feel like I’m the first person in my family that has ever been bullied, and that’s why I’m so scared.”
The Franklin High students involved in the alleged attack were not identified, but Lewis said one of them was named as Zachary R. Gettler.
Lewis’s mother, Jennifer Gettlers, said in a statement that the incident did not represent her son’s feelings or how he felt about Franklin.
“Zachary has always been a positive person, and he is an incredibly good student and is a proud member of the Franklin High community,” Jennifer Gattlers wrote.
“He is a great student, and we appreciate him being a valued member of our family.
He has never been disciplined or suspended for anything other than his poor attendance. “
In Zachary’s case, he is a student-in-residence at Franklin who is in good academic standing.
We have a great school, a great football team, and an amazing staff of staff, administrators, students, and parents. “
We ask that Zachary be given every opportunity to succeed in Franklin High.
We have a great school, a great football team, and an amazing staff of staff, administrators, students, and parents.
We wish Zachary the very best as he embarks on his new life as a member of his community.”
The incident has prompted an outpouring of support for the Franklin student, many of whom have shared their own stories about their experiences with the school’s administration.
Lewis told CNN that he is “disappointed” that the administration didn’t address the incident, but “I’m not blaming them for the way things were handled.
It’s their fault.”
The New York Daily News reported that Franklin High has been in the news in recent weeks due to allegations of bullying and harassment, as well as the recent death of a 16-year-old boy who was found to have been sexually assaulted by his classmate. Franklin’s