MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) — Authorities say a Bullitt East High School student was the target of racial slurs and that a pole with a Confederate flag was used to bash her car.
Mt. Washington Police say two students are charged in connection to their investigation of an incident that happened last Friday.
Tabitha Perkins says her 17-year-old biracial daughter is the victim and that she was once friends with the two students accused in this case.
“She was standing in the middle of the road, waving the rebel flag, calling her the N-word multiple times,” Perkins said.
Hayleigh Blevins, 18, is now facing criminal mischief and menacing charges. An arrest warrant says she called Perkins’ daughter racial slurs while “repeatedly hitting the victim’s car with a pole attached to a Confederate flag.”
“It was over a thousand dollars worth of damage done to the car,” Mt. Washington Police Detective Dan Kelty said.
Perkins says the flag came from 18-year-old Nicholas Chapman’s truck. He’s charged with harassment, for allegedly bumping into her and calling her names.
Police say the altercation happened near Bullitt East High School outside Blevins’ home, but investigators wouldn’t say what led up to it.
Perkins is calling the incident a hate crime.
“Angry. Upset. Sad. Sad that we’re still here. This is 2016,” she said.
Police say the courts will determine if it is a hate crime but Blevins’ family is claiming it’s all an elaborate story.
Blevins’ stepdad told WDRB this was not about race, just teenage girl drama.
He says the truth will come out in court.
Chapman’s father declined to comment.
Eric Farris, Counsel to the Bullitt County Board of Education, sent WDRB News this statement about the incident:
“School personnel, including me as Board Counsel, have spent a significant amount of time talking to the mother of the young lady who is complaining of inappropriate language and actions by other students at Bullitt East High School.
Based upon information we have gathered, and information provided by the Mt. Washington Police Department, there is no evidence of a “hate crime”.
There is evidence of some sort of relationship involving a male student and 2 female students that deteriorated into highly inappropriate and inflammatory language and, apparently, illegal conduct off school campus.
School personnel have reacted with appropriate punishment and are providing one-on-one escort to the affected students, while in school.
School personnel have been providing the parents of the students involved with regular reports and will continue to monitor everyone’s conduct, as long as deemed necessary.”