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Parent to sue Sumner school system for harassment

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Shannon Rice claims she was harassed and dismissed from Hendersonville High basketball team. Shannon Rice claims she was harassed and dismissed from Hendersonville High basketball team.
HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A school is supposed to be a safe place for students to learn, but a Hendersonville mom said her daughter is a victim of racism.

Wanda Rice is expected to file a lawsuit today, and she's not the only one.

Basketball was a way of life for Shannon Rice.

"When you send a child to school, you don't expect them to come home bruised and bleeding," said Wanda Rice.

Shannon's mom, Wanda Rice, said her daughter's passion was hurt by bullying and racist words both on and off the court at Hendersonville High.

"She came home with busted lips, bruised ribs," said Wanda Rice. "'Can we call you the n-word?' 'It stinks in here.' Another student would say 'What does it smell like?' The response would be 'it smells like black people.'"

Rice said she repeatedly raised concerns about her daughter's harassment.

She said her daughter's coaches and school leaders did nothing.

After a year and a half on the Hendersonville girls basketball team, Rice said her daughter was suddenly dismissed.

Rice said the school district never did a drug test.

"I believe she was wronged. I believe that we complained and she was wronged. They didn't protect her at school," said Wanda Rice. "I believe it had to do with protecting the interest of other students, other ball players and not my daughter."

A lawsuit set to filed on Tuesday claims Shannon Rice was routinely called the n-word.

This spring another family filed a lawsuit against the Sumner County Schools alleging racially motivated harassment and bullying at Hendersonville High School.

The Gallatin News Examiner has reported that Amy Wilhite, the coach for the Hendersonville girls basketball team, resigned last week to take a job in the private sector.

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