Wake County Schools

Wake County principal responds to students' racially-charged social media posts

Posted January 30, 2018 11:16 p.m. EST
Updated January 30, 2018 11:54 p.m. EST

— A Wake County principal responded this week to two racially charged videos posted on social media by Broughton High School students.

Principal Elena Ashburn sent a letter to parents and students Monday confirming the school was aware of the videos recently posted online.

“Two videos with Broughton students were posted on social media that contained racist language and stereotypes. As soon as it was brought to our attention, we quickly began investigating the incidents,” the letter said.

In one video, a white student refers to brown people in a derogatory manner, referring to “walls infested with curry.”

“Looking around at all the brown people around here and you’re just like get me the [expletive] out of here,” the student says in the video.

In a second video, two white students are seen imitating a sweeping motion while referring to themselves by using the N-word as other students laugh in the background.

The letter from Ashburn goes on to say that the videos violate school standards and the school does not condone the behavior.

“Anything that causes a disruption to the school environment is subject to disciplinary action,” the letter said.

Federal law prohibits sharing student information and, because the students can be easily identified in the videos, Wake County school officials would not say what disciplinary action was taken against them.

The incident comes after a series of racially charged incidents were reported at Wake County schools last year.

In March, black student Micah Speed was seen pulling a white student to the ground before a teacher stepped in. Speed was suspended for the incident, but said he had been the target of bullying and racial slurs for weeks before the incident.

In another video posted last year, three students from Leesville Road Middle School filmed themselves using racial slurs.

A Wake County Public School System spokeswoman said that equity training is a priority and is discussed all year, with Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs Dr. Rodney Trice leading the discussion.