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Racist attack prompts talks among student, Black Lives Matter, Davis District

February 28, 2018 GMT

Davis School District  officials met Tuesday with representatives of Black Lives Matter Utah and the family of a black student who says he was spit on and called a racial slur.

The Feb. 27th meeting continues an investigation into 18-year-old Teague Casper, who was suspended for two days and banned from attending his senior prom after he punched the alleged aggressor, school district officials confirmed.

It is unclear if the alleged aggressor was disciplined. Federal student privacy laws prohibit school districts from revealing any information regarding student records.

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District spokesman Chris Williams confirmed Casper’s family met Tuesday with Bernardo Villar, the  Davis School District Educational Equity Department  director, to discuss the alleged incident.

No administrators of Layton High School were present at the meeting, Williams said.

Williams said he is not aware of any future meetings between school administrators and the Caspers.

Casper’s mom, Edee, said she was able to talk to Villar about the incident and about why she feels they were treated unfairly by school administrators.

She said she is hopeful the district and Layton High administrators will resolve the situation and Casper will be allowed to attend his senior prom.

“We’ll see how fast the school contacts me,” Edee said.

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Casper, 17, said he was dancing with a group of friends Feb. 10 at his school’s Sweethearts Dance when a white Clearfield High School student shoved him, spat on his face and called him a “n-----.”

Casper said he punched the other student in self-defense. He says the school’s response has been biased toward his aggressor.

“I don’t want this situation to happen anymore to other people,” Casper said.

The  Layton Police Department confirmed a report of an assault was filed Feb. 10, indicating that the parents of the white student sought to press charges against Casper. The police department confirmed the case was closed and potential charges were referred to youth court.

“All of this is overwhelming,” Casper said. “I know I stood up for myself and I did the right thing to speak up.”

Casper filed a threats report Feb. 13 with the Layton Police Department after receiving death threats through social media. The police department confirmed the case is open and the investigation is ongoing.

He is asking school officials to reconsider their decision to ban him from attending his senior prom.

“It’s the senior one — all your friends are there,” Casper said. “This really means a lot to me.”

For his mother, this situation is bigger than just her son — it is about students of color being treated unfairly.

“I hope people in Utah open their eyes and accept everyone,” she said.

Contact Education Reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.