Florida deputies are investigating an incident caught on video in which students hurled homophobic slurs at several LGBTQ students.
The incident happened after the final bell rang at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County on Friday when a group of male students began hoisting a Confederate flag and directing hate speech toward the group of students.
“There’s only two genders, faggot!” one student can be heard screaming in the video.
The student who filmed the clip, who is transgender, said he began recording after he heard the students yelling at the group of students, who are from the high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club, according to local reports.
“And we pulled out our phones and then right then they were starting to scream at them,” the student, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told WJXT. “But it looks like that they were harassing the group of LGBT kids before we got there, because of the videos that they took.”
The student told the outlet that he is used to the insults thrown his way in the hallway, however he thinks that the problem appears to be worsening.
“After seeing what happened on Friday, it makes me feel a lot less safe than I already did feel at school,” the student said. “Some of my friends have it worse than that. So it makes me feel really worried for my friends and myself.”
The student’s mother was also troubled by the incident.
“So it was very concerning for me,” the student’s mother said. “And what I’d like to see happen is, I’d like to see that these boys are punished for certain.”
The school began investigating the incident on Friday, and has threatened to punish the students involved.
On Tuesday, it was not clear whether those involved had been punished. The Post has reached out to the school district.
The school district said that a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office youth resource deputy will help conduct the investigation.
The St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.