Wake County principal responds to students' racially-charged social media posts
A Wake County principal responded this week to two racially charged videos posted on social media by Broughton High School students.Posted — Updated
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.
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