Brad Knudson recorded a YouTube video and on it, played racist voicemails from the father of two children who apparently sent his 8th grade daughter, Dierdra, a series of malicious Snapchats. The father of those alleged bullies lost his job just two days after the video was posted.
Knudson posted the following comment on his YouTube video regarding new information he and his wife have received regarding their daughter's use of the N-word:
"I would like to thank everyone for their support. I just found out our daughter did not take this issue as seriously as Wendy and I. The n word is something I was taught at a very young age was not appropriate. You hear nowadays a lot of songs by People of all color use this word. You also see videos that they use this word. I have never liked it I've always thought it was inappropriate that they used it. I have now found out that my daughter during the WCCO interview decided to use Snapchat and send people videos of her thinking that this was a game and it was funny and she actually uses the N-word twice. Regardless of your skin color I and my wife do not tolerate this word our daughter is going to be reprimanded in an appropriate manner. I am extremely saddened and disappointed because of this video she has discredited the message that we wanted to convey. I hope that this does not stop our efforts to highlight the issues that still remain regarding bully and the effects it has on children. It is still truly an epidemic and social media has allowed us to bully individuals 24 hours a day seven days a week no matter where that person lives. Wendy and I are still dedicated to highlighting this issue and help educate our young people on the effects of bullying and how to deal with bullying. Again I want to thank everyone for their support getting this message out."
The father, Deron Puro was an independent contractor at a financial firm, and his employer confirmed to Fox 9 on Wednesday that he is no longer associated with that company as of Jan. 21.More: Father of alleged Snapchat bully loses job
'Tides have turned, huh?'
"We have a very beautiful African American daughter that we were very fortunate enough to adopt 11 years ago. We've dealt with a little bit of racism, you know, stares, things like that when she calls us mom or dad, but she didn't notice so we just blew it off because it was directed towards us," Knudson says in the video.
However, on New Year's Eve, Knudson says a set of twins from Prior Lake High School sent his daughter a few Snapchats, smartphone video messages that disappear after they're viewed. Knudson said his daughter's friend, who was with her at the time, brought the incident to his attention, and upon receiving the fourth Snapchat, he and his wife recorded it with their own phones. In the Snap, the speaker calls the recipient "such a slut, "a n*****," and a "fat a** b****."
Upset and aware of the destructive behavior bullying can prompt, Knudson called the boys' parents, left messages on their home phone, went to their house, but couldn't get in touch with them. Then, he went to the police. Police at Prior Lake High School apparently talked to the boys and the parents, who issued their cell phone number. Knudson called Puro, who told Knudson the explicit language was commonly used around his house and didn't think much of it, Knudson says in his YouTube video.
A voicemail, apparently from Puro, said the following:
"Yeah, Brad, tides have turned, huh? I guess you're n***** lover. Call me back."
He called back, told Puro he planned to post about their correspondence, and Puro allegedly told him that was fine.
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools said they are still investigating if this was a situation isolated to one day, or if this has been ongoing. They added there could be some sort of punishment for the boys but have not elaborated on what that would entail.
About bullying in Minnesota schools
The Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act requires each school district to adopt a school policy that "must establish research-based, developmentally appropriate best practices that include preventive and remedial measures and effective discipline for deterring policy violations; apply throughout the school or district; and foster active student, parent, and community participation." The act requires student bullying policies to apply both on and off school property and before, during and after school hours.