By: Najee Ali
The family of Jamari Baker, a 13-year-old 8th-grade autistic student and civil rights activist Najee Ali, Director of Project Islamic Hope, and Robert Sausedo, CEO of Community Build are calling for a state investigation by the office of Tony Thurmond the California Superintendent of Public Instruction into a hoax memorial shrine of Jamari Baker that was created and left in the hallway of Bethune Middle School.
The shrine was displayed with pictures of Jamari Baker and states he was shot and killed by gang members but Jamari Baker is very much alive.
“The family of Jamari Baker and community leaders are outraged by this insensitive hoax. LAUSD and Bethune Middle School officials are aware of the death hoax and have failed to do anything and that’s why we’re calling for a state investigation,” said Ali.
“The hoax memorial shrine of Jamari Baker should have been removed immediately from the school. This type of bullying and harassing of a special needs student will not be tolerated,” said Robert Sausedo, CEO of Community Build.
“My son is now in fear of his life. He is a special needs student with the intellectual capacity of an 8-year-old. He doesn’t understand why he’s the target of bullying and has never bothered anyone at school,” said Sophia Davis, Baker’s mother. “It’s very troubling and disturbing that Bethune Middle School Principal Sharon Brown has failed to act into addressing this issue properly.”
“This memorial hoax has been very traumatic for my son and our family remembers as we continue to be concerned for his safety praying that he’s not the target of gang members,” said Davis. “We need the school administration to install cameras in the hallways which they currently don’t have to monitor the actions of anyone involved in bullying students .”
The family will hold a press conference in front of Bethune Middle School tomorrow, Feb. 16 at 10:00 a.m.
The school is located at 155 W. 69th Street, Los Angeles, 90003
this is not news. literally nobody cares about non-stories like this