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Bullies Hospitalize 8-Year-Old, Tell Him To ‘Go Back To The Cotton Farm’

5835d2b91700002600e7c166via: (huffingtonpost.com)    When an 8-year-old boy from Louisiana attempted to defend himself and younger sister from a group of white bullies, they told him “You need to go back to the cotton farm.”

Jordan Jackson and his 4-year-old sister, J’Niaha, were waiting for their parents to pick them up after school from Spanish Lake Primary School in Geismar, Louisiana on November 14. Jordan, who is black, told his parents that he got into an altercation with three white children, who he said threw mulch at him and his sister, according to Atlanta Black Star.

When he asked one of the kids to stop, 8-year-old Jordan was pushed to the ground by a 13-year-old, his uncle Cris Colbert wrote on a GoFundMe page. After Jordan tried to defend his sister, who was still being taunted after Jordan tried to walk away, according to his uncle’s account, a previously uninvolved student told him to “go back to the cotton farm.”

Colbert wrote that Jordan was “pushed down numerous times and body-slammed at least twice,” which resulted in a broken arm and post-concussion syndrome, which causes headaches and dizziness weeks and sometimes months after an injury that caused a concussion.

Colbert made the GoFundMe page to cover the medical expenses related to the incident on behalf of Jordan’s mom, Alana Jackson. The family has surpassed its initial goal of $5,000 and raised more than $24,000 in just four days.