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Biracial teen changes name after racist bullying

Published On: Nov 06 2013 03:24:35 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 07 2013 09:58:13 AM CST
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A biracial teen has made the decision to change her name because of racist bullying.

Formerly Keisha and now Kylie Austin of Kansas City, Mo., says that classmates would ask her mockingly if there was a "La" or a "Sha" in front of her name, reports the Kansas City Star. Her name's pop cultural usage only made it worse for her in high school. Kylie remembered an instance in which a teacher asked her if her name contained a dollar sign, like the pop star Ke$ha's.

Ultimately, Kylie didn't like the associations and negative stereotypes her name carried and decided to legally change it, a decision supported by her mother.

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