Michigan’s Grosse Pointe South High School is under fire for the racist actions of its students.
The teens filmed themselves going on an incredibly racist rant in which they theorize what they would do as President of the United States in 2040. Their first order of business, according to them, is to bring back slavery.
“Stupid, worthless, need to leave our country, send ’em back to Africa,” one student says on the video. “White people are gonna be the dominants of the country,” the student adds. “We’re gonna burn ’em on stakes,” another student says.” The students also suggest black people “in a river” and forcing them to “swim to the Atlanta Ocean” among other things.
The school district sent out a letter to parents addressing the video, calling it ‘deplorable.’ The district also says the three students have received suspensions or separations.
— Erika Erickson (@FOX2Erika) June 2, 2016
Peep the letter to parents from the district below:
Dear South Community,
Over the weekend a handful of Grosse Pointe teens, including three South students, chose to record a video that included offensive, racist statements regarding African Americans. While no specific students or members of our community were mentioned in the video, the comments made are deplorable.
Immediately after being made aware of the situation, South administration began contacting students and families. Consistent with the Student Code of Conduct, we are making appropriate decisions regarding consequences for those involved, including student separations from school. We have assured our students that South is built on a foundation that values the contributions of all.
During the past 24 hours, several of our students have approached staff members and administrators indicating that this video, which has been circulated via social media, offended them and made them question the values we hold dear at South.
During my nearly two years here at South, I have been consistently impressed with the depth of compassion and kindness exhibited by our students. I am confident that this incident will provide South the opportunity to stand with a united voice of love and acceptance for all. We will continue to demonstrate that the majority of our students and community members do not accept and will not tolerate such bigotry.
This incident further affirms the need for our continued discourse around diversity, inclusion and race relations. With these topics in mind, we have had sustained dialogue that began in March and will continue well into the future. Weekly meetings and planning sessions have taken place with students from our Black Awareness Society for Education (B.A.S.E.) club. Additionally, we hosted a forum yesterday on these very topics moderated by Dr. Jay Marks from Oakland Schools. Nearly fifty students engaged in meaningful dialogue and strategic planning. In recognition of our student voices, we will be expanding opportunities that facilitate a comprehensive approach to celebrating the diversity of our student body.
Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and community.