Rosellene Bronstein: Mom of teen who killed himself says school IGNORED bullying because he was White
'I can assure you that if my son was black [...] this would have been handled a lot differently. But my son was a white Jewish kid,' she alleged
The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was bullied to suicide in January over a false claim that he was unvaccinated accuse school administrators of ignoring the abuse because their son was white.
The principal of a tony Chicago private school reportedly overlooked a harassed Nate Bronstein, 15, who subsequently died by suicide— and the dead boy's mother wants to warn parents in New York, where the administrator is slated to start a new position next month. Randall Dunn, 57, is the president of the National Association of Independent Schools' Board of Trustees and has headed the Latin School of Chicago since 2011 but will take over as head of the upscale Rye Country Day School in Westchester, according to the school. Nate, Rosellene's son, died by suicide in January. In April, she and her husband Robert filed a $100 million lawsuit in Illinois against Dunn and a slew of other school administrators and parents, saying that their son died as a result of months of continuous bullying.
The school minimized her son's problem since he was white, Rosellene claims. “They are very focused on their [Diversity, Equity and Inclusion] stuff and all their progressive bulls—t,” she raged. “I can assure you that if my son was black and this happened, this would have been handled a lot differently. But my son was a white Jewish kid.” “They spent more time yelling at my son about keeping his nose covered with that f—king mask than teaching the kids to be inclusive and kind and thoughtful and caring,” the grieving mother stated to The Post.
Nate Bronstein was discovered hanging from a rope attached to a shower in the family's bathroom. One of his classmates had encouraged him to attempt suicide a month prior. The family claims in court filings that the constant teasing was spurred in part by a false notion that he was unvaccinated. Andrew Sanchez, a geometry instructor, reportedly tormented Nate on a frequent basis, telling him at one time that he was "going nowhere in life," according to the family's court petition.
“Dunn does not care about students. He cares about himself and his career. He’s a fraud. He is dishonest,” an emotional Rosellene Bronstein, 48, told The Post. https://t.co/uNusFKWrZh pic.twitter.com/FiD0OCxsXX— greg w goodwin (@gwgoodwin) June 18, 2022
15 yrold Nate actually had been vaccinated, the lawsuit reads, but he was still harassed regularly due to the false rumor that spreaded across the school. The boy’s parents, Robert and Rosellene Bronstein, even reached out to the other student’s family about the endless badgering pic.twitter.com/7pEKWuiO1H— Keepingitmental101 (@Keepingitmental) April 28, 2022
“I am warning all the parents of [Rye Country School.] This is going to happen again. Their kids are not going to be protected in that school under Dunn,” Roselle said. However, the family's charges are "inaccurate and misplaced," according to a statement from the $40,000-a-year Latin School.
“The school’s faculty and staff are compassionate people who put students’ interests first, as they did in this instance,” the school said. “The school will defend itself, its faculty and its staff against these unfounded claims.”
According to Rosellene, there was no way Dunn could have been unaware of the abuse. Besides, she believes Nate would be currently alive if another man had been in authority. However, it's unclear when and what Dunn knew.
15 year old Nate Bronstein was bullied about not being vaccinated to the point where he committed suicide and Chicago Latin is turning a blind eye. I bet they'd have made some noise if he were being bullied for being blak, trans, or fat but being human is a no no. pic.twitter.com/cP7sVgibhl— Nurse Richie (@NurseRichie1) April 29, 2022
In its response, the Rye Country Day school has defended hiring Dunn. “Student safety is of paramount importance to the RCDS Board of Trustees, which is comprised almost entirely of current parents. A committee of trustees has been scrutinizing the details of this tragic case and has not found evidence that would support the aggressive claims against Mr. Dunn or that would raise safety concerns for the RCDS community,” the school said. “Mr. Dunn has an exemplary, 30-year track record as a compassionate and ethical educator, and we look forward to him joining RCDS.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).