A teen’s racist and homophobic Snapchat videos shocked students and administrators at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts on Jan. 23.
In the videos, a female student insults black and LGBTQ people with an American flag in the background, notes MassLive:
I think I’m living pretty good. Like, all my friends are white, none of them are gay and we drink on the weekends, we all Juul [a nicotine vape device,] it’s actually a pretty good life. I’m not a piece of sh*t. And any queer, any black person, that’s a piece of s— because black people literally look like sh*t…
Black lives don’t matter, they should be out there picking my cotton, and they should do my [expletive] work for me.
South Hadley High School Vice Principal Patrick Lemiuex commented on the off-campus behavior that did not involve the school:
It was an incident that happened and did not happen on South Hadley High School grounds and was not directed at a South Hadley High School student. That behavior is not tolerated at South Hadley High School and is being dealt with appropriately.
South Hadley Public Schools said in a statement that it was working with the police, but it’s not clear what law the teen violated:
South Hadley Public Schools is aware of the inappropriate and discriminatory Snapchat videos that were posted by a student. While these occurred off school grounds, this school system does not tolerate behavior of this type and plans to take all actions within its authority to address this matter to include working collaboratively with the South Hadley Police Department.
Rest assured we are taking this incident very seriously and will use this as an educational opportunity to initiate conversations about respecting individual differences and promoting equality and respectful treatment for all.
South Hadley Public Schools Superintendent Nicholas Young admitted that students have a First Amendment right to free speech:
We won’t tolerate any inappropriate comments of a racial nature and we will address it fully within the scope of our authority. At the same time, we can’t police everything that occurs outside of school.
Some students, angry at the bigotry contained in the videos, reportedly wanted to fight the teen girl who did make an apology.