NY woman: School guard pulled racist prank on son

AP News
Posted: Sep 04, 2014 11:19 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A black New York woman says a white school security guard forced her 12-year-old son with Down syndrome to pose for a photo in a way that made it look like the boy was being frisked.

Brandiss Pearson's complaint has led Syracuse school officials to suspend the guard.

Pearson tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/WfvvrR ) the racist prank happened on Tuesday, the first day of school.

Pearson says she and son Brandon stopped in a hallway to snap pictures. She says the guard turned Brandon to face the wall and lifted Brandon's hands above his head on the wall, as if to be frisked. She said the security guard was laughing and said: "Now take the picture. He's in the right position."

The employee is suspended while the district investigates.