A North Carolina school district has disciplined two male high school students and provided sensitivity training to their classmates after the duo recorded a shockingly racist video and shared it online, reports local station WFMY-TV.
The two unidentified Northwest Guilford High School students appear shirtless in the short video as they repeatedly use the ‘N’-word and said things like “lynch them all,” and “put them back in the fields and teach them a lesson.”
“F–king lynch them all, man,” one of teens says in the video.
“Send them to the back of the motherf–king bus, put them b*tches back in the fields and teach them a f–king lesson,” the other minor adds.
“They’ll be out here f–king my wife, stealing my job, eating my food stamps,” the second teen says.
“We do not f–k with n–gers, n–gers do not want no smoke, so come at me, n–gers,” says the first teen.
Guilford County Schools says they were first made aware of the video circulating on social media over Thanksgiving weekend.
The school system responded by calling in the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) to give a training on Monday to students and staff in response to the video.
“It was very hateful speech,” Chief of Schools Tony Watlington said.
“We’re working closely with our diversity office and National Conference for Community and Justice to provide training for both staff and students so we can make sure all of our campus is a place people can feel comfortable and inclusive and that are harassment and discrimination free,” Watlington said.
“The students have been appropriately disciplined according to our code of conduct.” Watlington said. “We also believe that kids who make very bad choices can change and can make improvements and we think it’s the role of adults to help kids make those improvements.”
Guilford County Schools is working on a plan to implement the tolerance training across the school district.
“This is an ongoing process – we’ve worked with NCCJ and the Diversity Office in the past, and events like this tell us we need to redouble our efforts and do even more.”
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This incident comes less than a month after GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi was caught on video telling a supporter that she would attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her. The incident has brought widespread criticism both inside and outside of Mississippi, a state with a history of racially motivated lynchings.