10-year-old suffers racist taunts, says Bundy mum
A BUNDABERG mother says she is heart-broken knowing her child cries herself to sleep every night.
Marissa Johnson has come forward demanding parents teach their children not to be racist, saying her 10-year-old is racially taunted at school on a daily basis.
She said her daughter, who is of Aboriginal and Islander descent, was now terrified of school after incidents including name calling and children saying "black people are nothing" and "black people don't belong in houses".
"At first I didn't want to believe it was a racist thing going on but she keeps coming home upset," Ms Johnson said.
"One kid called her a 'black shit' and said 'black people come from apes'. Then they said it was what their parents had told them.
"It's disgusting coming from nine- and 10-year-olds."
Ms Johnson said times had changed and although there was racism when she went to school it was not as bad as it was now.
"I grew up in harder times, but we were taught right from wrong," she said.
"These children are being taught to be racist and treat people a certain way."
She believed younger children didn't see the difference in skin colour but with the influence of their parents became nasty by the time they reached the middle of primary school.
"Parents need to get educated themselves - they are teaching their kids to hate other kids because of their skin colour," she said.
"These issues need to be address while the children are little - before they turn in to adults who are racist."
The mother of seven said many of her children had attended the same Bundaberg public primary school but never had issues.
She said she didn't blame the school and the teachers were aware of the issue and kept a close eye on things.
"I've spoke to the school and the teachers are great - it's the kids," Ms Johnson said.
"My daughter is at the point where she is just waiting for it to happen as she passes them," she said.
Ms Johnson said she had spoken to her daughter about the tormenting numerous times but now finds herself lost for words.
"I don't even know what to say anymore," she said.
"They have broken my daughter's spirit."