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N4T Investigators: She said, they say: Update

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Tucson – There’s a lot more to a story we first reported two weeks ago. The mom who was recently banned from going on Tucson school property was previously banned by another school district.

As we reported on Dec. 1, Sue N'Goran was outraged about being banned from school grounds by the Tucson Unified School District. Her son, who's biracial, was in third grade at Van Buskirk Elementary. The 35 year-old single mom of two made national news after claiming she and her son were banned from school property even though  he was bullied, suffered a concussion  and called racial slurs. “I am shocked,” N’Goran told us at the time. “I cannot believe that instead of the district dealing with the bullying, they decide, ‘Well if she won't leave, we're going to force her.’” 

But TUSD said N’Goran's claims were false, that her son was never banned, only she was, for being disruptive and abusive to school staff.

TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez said, “Not only have we investigated each of her claims working with the campus principal, we've had people that are not tied to the campus, whose accountability is ultimately to insure that the district is following policy and law, look into those situations and external entities didn't find those claims to be valid and to be as they were reported.” 

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned that this isn't the first time Sue N'Goran has had problems with school administrators. She was banned last year from going on school property by the Sunnyside Unified School District, also because of her allegedly abusive behavior.

N'Goran's son attended Craycroft Elementary School last year.  We obtained a letter sent from a Sunnyside administrator to N’Goran on Sept. 30, 2015. Dr. Eugenia Favela wrote that N’Goran kept her son home from school for two weeks because she said he wasn't safe on the bus and at school. Favela writes that she investigated thoroughly and found the boy was not in any danger. She also wrote:

-There were numerous incidents in which N’Goran displayed "harassing and intimidating behavior." 

-She interacted with staff in an "aggressive and disruptive manner."  

-She "yelled over the phone, using the "f" word repeatedly."

-She called the central reception phone number at least 40 times in two days.

N’Goran declined our interview request for this report. Two weeks ago, she said TUSD was covering-up the bullying.

I don't think any mother would be fighting for something that is not occurring. My son is scared.” 

We asked N’Goran if she was going to sue TUSD. “Absolutely,” she said.

N'Goran told us two weeks ago that she was keeping her son home from Van Buskirk Elementary in Tucson, and was considering returning her son to school in Sunnyside. But a Sunnyside district spokesperson says the third grader is not enrolled there.

If you have a story you'd like us to investigate email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444.

To see our Dec.1 report, click here.

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