Rockvale High School student Ryan Danneman was not a student at Taft High School in Rockvale, but he was always a part of the Rockvale community.
Danneman said he’s known for his “gangsta style” and his penchant for rapping for his schoolmates.
The rapper has been at Tafts since the beginning, and he was the first to join the Rockville school’s student-run crew known as the Rockdale High School Music Team.
But Dannemers time at TaFT, a private, religious school in Rockdale, wasn’t always smooth.
His family lived in a motel room that was shared with other students, and some of them had to work from home, according to Dannemen parents.
Dammeman said his parents, who work in construction, tried to contact Rockvale School but couldn’t reach him.
Dannemer said he and his mom were frustrated with their efforts.
“I’m trying to make it work, and they’re saying they can’t get in touch with me,” Dannems mother, Melissa Dey, told Vice News.
“They said it was on their schedule and they didn’t want to get involved in this, and I just didn’t believe it.”
When Dannemaes mother contacted the school, he said he was sent to an office, but the staff there did not take the issue seriously.
“When I went to speak to the manager, he was like, ‘I don’t even know what you’re talking about,'” Dannomemes mother said.
“It was really upsetting.”
Dannemes father, Matt, said he tried to reach Rockvale Principal Dan Pfeffer, but didn’t receive a response.
“He said that Rockvale school was on his schedule, and if I was a student, I should just go and visit him,” Matt Dannoms father said.
“We’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on with this school, and then we’re going to find out why, and maybe then we can get them to take action,” he added.
The family is currently trying to find a way to take Dannemeers father to Rockvale’s school district, but is worried about whether he can find a school that is willing to host him and his family.
“There are probably people out there who are just trying to get some money from the school district for the next few weeks to try and get my son in there and try to get my grandson out there,” Matt said.
The Rockvale Unified School District is still trying to reach out to Rockdale to see if they can help, but they’re concerned about the family’s situation.
“It’s very important for us to make sure the school community knows we’re on their side and that we’re not going anywhere, because they’re in this situation,” Pfeffers spokesman Greg Brindell told Vice.
“Our school district is a very diverse community that’s comprised of students from all over the community,” Brindells spokesman told Vice, adding that Rockdale is “a very diverse school district.”
“We are not discriminating against any student based on their race, ethnicity, or religion, and the Rockford school district does not discriminate against any individual based on that basis,” he continued.
“Rockvale has a very inclusive, multicultural and diverse community, and that is something that we take very seriously.”
Rockvale School District Superintendent, Mark Dannum, said the district is aware of the situation and is looking into it.
“The Rockdale School District takes all allegations of discrimination and harassment very seriously,” Dannem said.