A Coleman Middle School student was suspended for reporting alleged harassment to a radio show

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla - A student who reported alleged harassment taking place at Coleman Middle School that's apparently called "vagina check," served a one day suspension.

The 13-year-old called in to a Bay area radio show Wednesday morning from her home.

"Vagina check and booby check," replied Trinity when asked by the female deejay what the names of some of the games are that are played at her middle school.

"Vagina check is when you go around and you try to slap girls in the vagina and if you hit them, you have to hit them back, either in the booby or vagina," she said on the radio.

The 90 second recorded call that was broadcast over the airwaves landed the teen in trouble.

She served a one day, in-school suspension Wednesday.

According to Trinity's mom, Eden Williams, who spoke on the radio show Thursday, her daughter is being unfairly punished.

"My thing is, what if this was a cry for help because she told an outside source and didn't tell administration, then she's being punished for that," said Williams.

"That is teaching our girls to be afraid to tell when things happen."

Trinity alleged in her call that it was mainly male students engaging in this behavior.

"Where are the guidance counselors?" questioned the male deejay.  "Where is the school resource officer?  Why is everyone so nonchalant about this?  I am outraged."

According to Williams, her daughter was suspended for causing a disturbance at the school.  Following the radio show, school officials said they were inundated with phone calls and emails.

"As far as I am concerned, she's being railroaded for talking about something that she knows that goes on at school," Williams said.

School district leaders say Trinity's allegations were investigated and unfounded.  They say they spoke to several of the individuals Trinity accused.   Those individuals reportedly told school leaders the actions Trinity described may have happened at a local baseball field.

"As soon as we learned of the allegation, school staff took it seriously and investigated," wrote Tanya Arja, spokesperson for the district, in an emailed statement.

"We spoke with several students and determined there was no incident on our campus.  We do not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying and encourage students to let us know if they know about safety issues concerning our students."

Arja told ABC Action News the in-school suspension was similar to a study hall and it will not go on Trinity's record.


 

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