MURRAY, Utah — Tons of gathered to stroll a Utah boy house from faculty after bullies yelled racial slurs at him and left him fearing he can be shot, in response to KSTU.
Final Thursday, Mateus Romualdo referred to as his mom after he walked house from Viewmont Elementary Faculty. His mom, Heather Romauldo, stated he was frantic.
“He was strolling residence from faculty final Thursday when a automotive filled with youngsters drove by repeatedly yelling a racial slur at him,” Romauldo stated. “He felt very terrified and truly informed me he thought the youngsters have been going to shoot him.”
Heather shared her son’s story on Fb. It unfold shortly and reached Mateus’ youth basketball coach, Troy Harlan.
“I do know that once I learn the submit that his mother wrote about him being scared, I’ve gone by way of all that,” Harlan stated. “I grew up in Davis County and I do know what it feels wish to be considered one of solely two black youngsters at my faculty.”
Harlan wished he might have been there final Thursday when these boys allegedly referred to as Mateus that racist identify. As an alternative, he organized a stroll in order that Mateus wouldn’t really feel afraid strolling house from faculty on Wednesday.
Together with his basketball connections, his staff had the Utah Jazz Bear on the stroll and even retired Jazz basketball participant Thurl Bailey.
“The message I need to occur is that folks must be held accountable,” Harlan stated. “You are not born to hate individuals, you are taught to hate individuals. I do not care what shade you’re, we’re all the identical. ”
Heather filed a police report and Mateus’ incident is being investigated, she stated.
Pals strolling with Mateus held up anti-racism indicators and confirmed their unity and satisfaction of their cultural variations.
A Fb publish advised these eager about strolling with Mateus on Wednesday the small print of the occasion. It additionally included this details about organizations that train to battle hate:
“In planning this occasion, I understand that many who may want to take part will be unable to take action in the midst of the day, so I want to invite all who can’t attend (in addition to these that may) to think about making a donation to one of many following organizations:
Boys and Women Membership of the Larger Salt Lake Valley:
Southern Poverty Regulation Middle: