Rally held for racially bullied Bloomfield Hills student

A Bloomfield Hills middle school student was bullied with racial slurs and he records the incident on his cell phone.

While prosecutors ponder possible charges, a rally against racism was held outside the school Friday.

After being bullied on the school bus, 13-year-old Phoenix Williams is the reason everyone was there.

"I was scared and afraid when it was happening," he said. "I just thought I needed to tell somebody about this and if I do this, I am sure action would be taken."

William videotaped the incident on his cell phone in which two students repeatedly called him the n-word. The district has since disciplined them although by law the school can't say to what extent.

The Oakland County Prosecutor is also pushing for criminal charges in juvenile court.

"This is not who we are or who we want to be," said Superintendent Rob Glass. "We have to send a strong message that its wrong and it won't be tolerated."

Administrators aren't tolerating it, nor were some students who organized a peaceful protest Friday all by themselves. It gained momentum on social media and has gotten feedback all the way from Florida.

"We are supposed to be one of the best school districts in the nation," said Spencer Nabors, a high school junior. "This shouldn't be happening."

"When you don't act on something when you get the opportunity to, you are allowing it to happen, that is giving it consent," said Remington Alexander, a senior. "When you speak out, take action, you are saying it's not right."

And the effort is not stopping here. The Phoenix Rising Foundation along with what will be known as the Phoenix Act are in the infancy stages. Both will focus on eradicating racism and bullying and establishing a uniform punishment when it does happen.

"It's an honor that my son was the precipice for this in his situation," said Shanari Williams, Phoenix's mother. "Lots of kids go through this of all colors, races and genders. We want to make sure that our students in particular, are protected."

There is a meeting set for the district's Booth Center on April 28. Parents, students and community members are all invited. 

The goal is to open the lines of communication so that they can grow from this together and so it doesn't happen again. 

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