Heated debate over 'racist comments'

A Latino man was speaking about racism directed toward his children at school when a white parent asked him why he had not stayed in Mexico.
1:45 | 02/05/20

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And next, to race in America and the tense confrontation in a Michigan school. A Latino father was sharing a story about his son after being bullied when another father interrupts him, asking, why didn't you stay in Mexico? Other parents were horrified. And here's ABC's Steve osunsami now. Reporter: There's a heated debate tonight among parents in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan, over race and immigration. And it grew hotter after this meeting with school officials over what the school system says are racist comments posted on social media by classmates. Adrian iraola is the father of two former students. He was speaking about racism directed at his children when the meeting went south. When I went to his bedroom to say good night, and he was crying, because of the abuse that he was enduring in this school system. Then why didn't you stay in Mexico. What? You need to leave! Reporter: The school district is predominately white. And Tom Burtell, the parent who interrupted, was defending the students that made the post. Try being white and walk in a black neighborhood and see what happens. And, like, this incident, where somebody made a little tweet. Okay, nobody was hurt in that. Nobody got hurt in that. It was done offcampus. Reporter: This man is a father of a son who was on the receiving end of the racial slurs that got everyone here. My son comes to school every day to try to get an education, but he has to deal with that bs. Reporter: Iraola came to this country four decades ago. The school district calls the remarks made at their forum. Reporter: Racist and are looking to make a inclusive environment for all their students and families. David? Steve, thank you. The Dow surging 707 points

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