Racist video circulates at Torrance high school

A disturbing video of seven young girls shouting an anti-black slur at the camera has resurfaced after five years at a Torrance high school, where someone reportedly sent a black student the clip along with several racist messages.

The short video shows the girls crowding eagerly around the camera as one of them instructs the group to say the slur “on three.” At the end of the count, the girls shout the bow on cue.

Some of the girls in the video are now South High School students.

“Unfortunately, a video of students using the ‘N’ word has been circulated among some students,” Principal Jim Evans said in an email to parents on Wednesday. “As background, the video was shot outside of school about five years ago and is now causing damage and damage.”

Evans’ message also came after an unidentified student received an anonymous “racially hateful message,” he said.

KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported that someone had sent a black student the video of the girls shouting an insult followed by text messages urging the student to kill himself, saying they don’t fit in and “going back to Africa.” .

“I fully assure you that it has my full attention and that we will do whatever is necessary to address the student’s safety concerns,” Evans wrote. “We will continue to work with all of our students to teach that respectful behavior means that collectively we do not tolerate hate, discrimination or racism in any form.”

The video was also posted to Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, with some posts identifying the students by name and social media handles.

In his note to parents, Evans emphasized that he would not identify students or “discuss specific students in this or any other communication,” but he said school officials met with some of the students in the video a few weeks ago.

The meeting, he said, was “to reaffirm that hateful, hurtful, racist comments and behavior are never acceptable.”

“And I want you to know that when we met the students, they deeply regretted their past actions,” he wrote.

South High School has an enrollment of nearly 2,000 students. According to the Torrance Unified School District, about 4% of the more than 22,000 students attending district schools are black.

In a statement to The Times, Torrance Unified said it continues to work to “educate students to be members of a diverse society”.

“Hate and racism are never acceptable,” the statement said. “We continue to work with those affected and will continue to raise awareness that hatred and racism are never acceptable.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-26/racist-video-resurfaces-torrance-south-high-school Racist video circulates at Torrance high school

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