A tense, racially charged exchange between teenagers and an unidentified man in a Wellington neighborhood on Sunday has resulted in a social media video and calls for change in the village.
“It’s not going away,” said Tony Nelson, 62, a 33-year Wellington resident — and a member of one of the village’s first Black families — whose granddaughter was seemingly targeted in the incident. “I can’t let it die. … People aren’t understanding what’s going on.”
When his granddaughter, Breonna Nelson-Hicks, 15, burst through the front door Sunday, she was scared, Nelson said.
A man she didn’t know had followed her and her friends home. He was yelling at them, she told her grandfather.
The five teens were riding in a golf cart Sunday afternoon in the Nelsons’ Wellington neighborhood when the man began following them in his Toyota sedan, according to Nelson, the teens and a police report filed that afternoon.
The teens had crossed Lake Worth Road from one development, The Isles, to Grand Isles, where the Nelsons live. They stopped at the guard gate, then began driving to Breonna’s house.
That’s when the teens said the tailgating began. The car was too close to the golf cart, they said, and the boy driving the cart tried to pull to the side to allow the vehicle to pass them. The car stayed behind them, however, the driver glowering at the group, they said.
Frightened, the boys stopped the cart and ran. The three girls began walking the rest of the way to Breonna’s house.
But the car still followed.
As Breonna and her friends approached her house, the man stopped his car and began yelling, she later told her grandfather.
That’s when, like so many people being confronted in recent weeks, Breonna’s friend pulled out her cellphone and began recording.
See if you can guess who this guy works for.