Video of Utah girls shouting racial slur under examination

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017|10:13 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY– A video that appears to show five teenagers yelling a racial slur and expletive while laughing is under examination by Utah school officials, a school district stated Tuesday, and the NAACP has called for severe punishment.

The 10-second mobile phone video was made by Weber High School students as they beinged in an automobile, stated Lane Findlay, a spokesman for the school district. He said three of them are cheerleaders. They all seem white.

The video shows the teens consistently yelling a curse and slur as they laugh.

They at first tape-recorded themselves yelling a various, ridiculous phrase and uploaded it to an app that played it backward to produce the offending words, Findlay said.

The video was made a year ago, and one of the ladies just recently shared it on social media as a personal post, he stated. It was seen by other trainees who reposted to other online platforms.

School authorities are shocked and taking the matter seriously, Findlay said. School authorities have actually talked with 3 of the 5 the women, and they are “very apologetic” for what took place, he stated.

The video wasn’t made throughout the school day or on school grounds, but offenses of the school’s code of conduct might bring discipline, possibly associated to participation in after-school activities, he stated. The trainees are juniors and elders.

“Bigotry, whether intentional or not, has no place in our schools or society,” Findlay said in a declaration.

He included: “Definitely, there are no excuses for this type of behavior, however they are still children in a sense and ideally this will be a learning experience for them and others.”

Jeanetta Williams, president of NAACP’s tri-state conference location of Idaho-Utah-Nevada, called the video appalling. The fact that they were chuckling made it sting even more, Williams stated.

“They understood what they were doing it. They did it, and they posted it,” she stated. “If they had any type of issues about other people’s feelings or about exactly what other people would believe they wouldn’t have been chuckling.”

She wants the cheerleaders suspended from the squad and the other trainees given discipline involving one of their activities.

“A strong lesson needs to be sent out to them,” Williams said. “It appears like our work is never done.”

Associated Press writer Brady McCombs added to this report.

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