Florida school district defends students’ racist video

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Florida school district defends students' racist video

Two white Florida teens used the N-word in a racist Snapchat video — in which one of them also wears a white hood — but a school administrator dismissed the clip as just “a joke,” according to local reports.

The viral video was recorded over the summer but recently shared with black students at Yulee High School, WJXT-TV reported.

“The video was not meant to be shared outside of a small group of friends and it was not targeted at any particular student(s),” Nassau County, Fla. Assistant School Superintendent Mark Durham said in a statement last week.

“The two students in the video say they meant it as a joke amongst friends and did not intend for anyone outside of their small group to view it.”

The Snapchat video shows two white students making racist comments — with one of them wearing a white hood in the clip.

“Hold on, you see that?” one of the teens says. “It’s a n—–r.”

The video was later forwarded to several black students, who confronted the white teens and got into “a physical altercation,” the outlet said.

Mark Durham.
“The video was not meant to be shared outside of a small group of friends and it was not targeted at any particular student(s),” Nassau County Assistant School Superintendent Mark Durham said.
Nassau County School District

School officials suspended the student who sent the video to the black students — then also suspended the black teens for five days for tusseling with the clip’s creators.

The white teens who made the video were not disciplined — because the district didn’t have the authority to do so, Durham said.

“While schools do have jurisdiction to discipline students for their on-line, off-campus behavior under certain circumstances, this case did not meet the criteria,” he said.

“While school and district find this type of a joke cruel and abhorrent and would discipline the students if legally permissible, the circumstances of this case just don’t allow it,” he added. “However, the student who sent the video to several, specific students does meet the criteria necessary to punish a student….”

But the incident has caused a stir at the school — and among parents.

Last week, several football players at the school threatened a walkout of a home game — only to be told they would be permanently kicked off the team if they did.

At a school board meeting Thursday, more than two dozen parents expressed their outrage over the suspensions — and the kid-gloves treatment of the white students.

“There is a false idea that racism is limited to name-calling and physical violence, but it’s so much more than that,” district mom Christina Guerrier told WJXT. “The initial response from school administration showed us that covert racism in the spotlight.”

Yulee High School.
School officials suspended the student who sent the video to the black students, then also suspended the black teens for five days for fighting with the clip’s creators.
Yulee High School

Senior class president Collin Sewel told the board, “this community and our country will see no change if we keep turning a blind eye to the elephant in the room.”

“Reform, change, and equality will not come without your help,” Sewel added.

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