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Racist abuse drives 6-year-old to suicide attempt

Schoolmates made life of black Israeli girl hell, causing happy, confident child severe psychological problems. Education ministry: There was abuse but it stopped, child suffers from conditions accounting for irregular behavior

Meirav Shlomo-Melamed

Racial abuse in a Tel Aviv primary school led a 6-year-old to attempt to take her own life, Mynet reported Sunday. Earlier this month she sustained light injuries as a result of self-inflicted cuts on her forearms.
“My daughter suffered grave verbal abuse since the start of the school year,” the girl’s mother said. “The small children tease her, call her ‘kushit’ (a derogatory Hebrew term for a black person, equivalent to the N-word) ‘Sudanese,’ wish death upon her and her family, tell her to get out of this country and so on.

I spoke to her teacher,” the mother added; “we have involved professionals, but to no avail. Last week she took scissors and cut her own hand. She wept and told me ‘mom, I can’t take it anymore. They bully me.”

Categories: Asia, Behaviour, Children, Israel

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