The African Advisory Council claimed today that two African boys were beaten and called “Ebola” by their fellow students in New York City.
The boys, ages 11 and 13, were reportedly taken to a local hospital with severe injuries after the attack last Friday at I.S. 318 in the Bronx.
According to the boy's father Ousmane Drame, the children were born in America, but raised in Senegal, a country in Africa. They have been back in the U.S. for about a month.
"They call me from the school tell me come, they're beating your children. I rush, go there my children was very hurt, headached (sic), he was crying, laying on the floor, more than 10 children on top of him, beating him," Drame told NY1 (video below).
"If they go to the gym they don't want them touching the ball, 'Oh, you have Ebola, don't play with us,'" Drame told NBC New York. "They don't know nothing. They're babies."
"Where was the school administrators, where was the school staff when all of this was happening?" stated Charles Cooper of the African Advisory Council.
New York City's Department of Education has reportedly sent additional security to the boys' school and mailed letters to parents in an effort to educate them about Ebola. The parents were also directed to NYC.gov/health for more information.
Senegal did have cases of Ebola, but has been declared "Ebola-free" by the World Health Organization as there have not been any new cases since August.
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The Gothamist notes that during the press conference held by the African Advisory Council, an unidentified woman claimed that her daughter, 9, had also been harassed at school because she (the mother) is African. She added that her hair styling business has suffered as well.