DUBLIN, Calif. (KTVU) - A Dublin High School student says she was attacked at school for asking classmates to stop using a racial slur. There's now criticism as to how the the school handled the situation after things escalated.
The victim, an African American student alleges she was attacked on campus a little more than a week ago. She says she told school officials and police that she overheard a group of students using the N-word. When she told them to stop, who white male student hit her in the mouth.
"Her lip was busted, and I think that is absolutely unacceptable, and he should definitely be expelled," said Kamryn Sanford, a student.
School officials say disciplinary measures have been taken, but they wouldn't elaborate. Some students on campus say the student was suspended.
"Consequences in this case were assigned to the students who were involved in the incident. In fact we continue to work and we're having conversations with the families of all the students who were involved," said Dublin Unified School District Spokeswoman Michelle McDonald.
School officials say they may expand their anti-bullying program on campus, where the student body is 13 percent African American.
"We have no tolerance for behavior for racial language for harassment, certainly for physical violence," McDonald said.
The incident has reignited conversations about race at school.
"I was really shocked that a girl would get hit in the first place. I feel like she was just defending a racial slur that shouldn't be used at school or anywhere," said Javoni Gardere, a student.
"It's just overused. Like, I would say about 86 percent of the people that do use the word are not Black. So, it's rude and insensitive," Sanford said.
Adding to tension on campus, a bomb threat led to students' early dismissal on Thursday afternoon.
Students were dismissed from the school because of a bomb threat, officials said. Police performed a search with the help of dogs and a drone. They cleared the area and determined there were no explosives.