A black student attending Zion Christian Academy, an elite private school in Williamson County, Tennessee has changed schools after an incident involving a white student who took photos of himself emulating a white nationalist. The boy took a photo of himself giving a Nazi salute while holding a piece of paper fashioned to look like a Ku Klux Klan mask. It was meant for the student to see on Snapchat.

His mother, Cathy Leach said Friday that her son, who is black, will no longer attend the private Christian school after several incidents of racial bullying.

“There were comments and jokes being made,” she said. “He reported it but nothing was being done. He has some recordings of things they say because he wants something done about it.”  He reported that his peers had called him the “n word” on several occasions.

She contacted the local news, WKRN-TV Nashville after her son showed her the picture of the student in the KKK mask. It had been shared by students on Snapchat.

“When I got the picture, something had to be done,” she said. “It was hurtful and just unbelievable that we are still going through this. It’s 2014.” (See below.)

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Headmaster Don Wahlman told the news that he met with faculty about the photo incident after school Wednesday.

“We started an investigation to see the accuracy of the picture to make sure what we were seeing was accurate and we had the right facts in place,” he said. “We had a faculty meeting right after school to address this issue and just talk about the problem.”

In fact, the child’s mother met with Zion Christian Academy’s headmaster last Thursday morning, walking away with a belief that things would be handled professionally. On Friday, however, she pulled her son out of school after he received text messages from angry students who thought it would be best if he did not come back.

As far as the headmaster, he doesn’t seem to fully grasp that the problem is more than one student’s actions.  It is unclear what actions the school intends to take to make any future black students feel welcome or how they plan to teach diversity. He’s worried about the image of his Christian school, of course, because isn’t that what’s important here?

“It’s so sad that our school name is being destroyed by the actions of a student who made a tragic mistake. This is not Zion Christian Academy. If you walked our halls and talked with our students you’d see that this is not who we are. We are praying that God blesses this student in his new school.”

  • Ratcraft

    How does anyone know he’s a white nationalist? Could be a southern democrat?

  • blumuse

    I could have told that mom what the possibilities were before she even enrolled her child there. Many of the “Christian” schools in the South are created so that Black children can be excluded if possible and this is how you do it: make it so difficult for the Black kid that he/she doesn’t want to be there or finds it uncomfortable or even dangerous.

    • Maheni

      I moved to the south about a decade ago and I am still amazing at the racist things I see on both sides of the fence. No kid deserves this and after all of this time people just really need to grow up and stop with the nonsense.

  • carlos bartlett

    Blacks need to start retaliation against these racist pigs of send some of them to the Caribbean and let them go back in a body bag

    • Versinel

      So by retaliation you mean fight fire with fire, or in this case go ahead and just toss them somewhere? See no evil does not really change what is in the minds and hearts of many of the idiots out there like this. Your take kind of reminds me of Hitler.

  • dana becker

    “It’s so sad that our school name is being destroyed by the actions of a student who made a tragic mistake. – See more at: http://www.breitbartunmasked.com/2014/09/29/tn-teen-leaves-private-christian-school-after-disturbing-racist-bullying/?

    What wonderful Christian values you are instilling in these wonderful loving children. The kid with the “KKK” mask is especially inspiring. His parents and the school must be so proud of him.

  • C.Curtis

    This is really Black Stupidity. Christians enslaved our Black Ancestors. The residuals of that disaster still resides in the Hearts and Minds of the latter day Racists. I just have to hear the words Christian/Christianity being hollered from the housetops, and I run a mile to avoid it. Why did she have to send her son to this institution.?Some of the worst racists are the Christians. They have destroyed our African Culture. Most of us Blacks know practically nothing about our African Heritage, and care even less. We care about one White Man who other White Men nailed upon a piece of Wood several thousands years ago, and less about the 18m Blacks enslaved by the Christians. It has been said that Blacks never understood Whites and never will. We now have mental Slavery..She had better think about the psychological damage this might have done to her son, and get him out of that mental minefield.