School officials are investigating after a video of Utah high school students chanting “F**k n***ers” went viral, a Weber School District spokesman told The Salt Lake Tribune.
The girls in the video are juniors and seniors at Utah’s Weber High School, and three of them are on the cheerleading team, according to district spokesman Lane Findlay.
The video was apparently filmed last year over fall break in a car that was not on school property or participating in a high school activity, Findlay said.
“Right now the focus is on the investigation and trying to answer all the questions that have come up,” Findlay said of the video, which has been widely discussed at school.
The girls apparently said “serggin cuff,” Findlay said, and then edited the video backwards so the racial slur emerged. One of the girls then posted the video to her private Instagram account.
A black Weber High School student then shared the post to his Twitter, writing “I thought people were better than this especially my so called ‘friends.’”
His family told Fox-13 that he has received upset text messages from the families of the girls in the video, asking him to apologize publicly for posting the video.
“Our Family has never dealt with something of this magnitude ever in the past,” his family said in a statement to Fox. “Please know that our family is heartbroken over this incident and truly do not wish for anyone to cause harm of any type to these girls. This is bigger than these girls. No one should be making light of the words being used.”
“No one is perfect and we understand that people make mistakes,” the statement continues. “We do not believe that there is any blame to be directed toward Ty as he was only responding to a very hurtful and offensive video.”
Findlay said the school is debating punishments for the girls, which may include counseling, removal from the cheerleading team, and expulsion from school.
“All of those things would be on the table,” Findlay said. “Obviously they knew what they were doing. It‘s just completely inappropriate.”
Findlay said that the students have been “very apologetic” for the video, but would be held accountable.
“Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if the students involved are found to have violated the school’s code of conduct,” Findlay said.