A little over a week ago, a friend sent me a video of two teenage girls in Gainesville, FL, going on a 14-minute rant about black people and everything that’s wrong with them and I wondered how long it would be before they were attacked for the things they were saying. Last week, eight police officers were brought to the Gainseville High School campus where they attended due to death threats they’d received in response to the video, and now principal David Shelnutt says the two are “no longer students at the school.”
The principal didn’t go into specifics about the disciplinary action taken against the students, but he did say, “There’s no place for comments like that here at GHS…there’s no place for that in the Alachua County Public School System, and my opinion, no place for that in society in general.”
The girls admitted to being harassed for making comments about why black people talk, act, and dress the way they do, and they said they feared for their lives, with one girl reportedly hiding out at a relative’s home. The girls and one of their mother’s issued a formal apology in the Gainesville Sun, saying:
“I am one of the girls who were in the racist video that got posted. I’m writing this so that I can tell people how truly sorry I am. I could never, in a million years, have pictured this happening with me involved. I wasn’t raised to hate people for their race, and I still don’t. I made a horrible decision in being a part of this video … “
The second girl’s mother also attempted to make a plea for her daughter’s safety, but I’m curious where either parent thinks their child learned their hateful ways. She said:
“While we can never take back the words and actions that these two children have said, we have to start to heal and forgive IMMEDIATELY. Stop the violent threats to our homes and our children, stop the anger, because this will solve absolutely nothing, and most importantly, look at yourself for change and love.”
The high school is expected to wear orange this week, which is the color of racial tolerance, as a sign of solidarity against the hatred portrayed in the video. Meanwhile those two should be looking into other schools or considering home schooling as an option.
Check out the video here and tell us what you think. Do you think the school was right to expel the girls?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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