Two underage students from Hurricane High School, located in Utah, are accused of posting a racist photograph on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The disturbing post showed a girl pretending to hang herself. The caption reads, “happy national n***** day.” An “X” was drawn over each of her eyes, supposedly to signal that she was dead.
Steven Dunham, Hurricane High School’s director of public relations, told KUTV that the students have faced consequences for their actions. The names of the students have not been revealed, and the details of their punishment have not been disclosed.
“We have a safe school’s policy and if they are not making other students feel safe in our own schools, in our own community, is significant in the punishments that they could face," Dunham told the publication.
Jody Rich, principal of Hurricane High School, put out a video statement on his Instagram after the racist image was discovered.
“Recently, some thoughtless actions by a few on social media have reached out to affect us all, which saddens me because they don’t represent what HHS is all about. I want to give you all a challenge to adopt my TLC three-point test for everything we say and do... be it face to face, in the crowd at a ball game, or on social media. Before you post or say something, ask yourself… is it TRUE, will it LIFT rather than tear down, and is it CARING! Please never say or post anything if it doesn’t pass this simple test!”
KUTV reported that the students took the photograph at their place of work, and the girl featured in the post has been fired from her job. These two students weren’t the only ones posting racist imagery and rants on Instagram on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A sorority sister from the University of Alabama has been expelled after posting two racist videos to Instagram on Monday. Harley Barber, 19, posted one video in a bathroom, stating, “We do not waste water... because of the poor people in Syria. We don't waste water. [...] I love how I act like I love black people because I f***ing hate n*****s so that's really interesting but I just saved the f***ing n*****s by shutting that water off.”
She posted a second video on Monday after people reacted negatively to her first racist video. In the second clip, she threatened people who wanted to report her account to her sorority, Alpha Pi, and then she said a racial slur repeatedly.
“I don’t care if it’s Martin Luther King Day. I’m in the South now, b****,” she said, as a group of girls around her giggled. One of her peers can be heard warning her not to post the video.
She continued, “So everyone can f*** off. I’m from New Jersey, so I can say n***** as much as I want.”
She later told the New York Post, “I did something really, really bad. I don’t know what to do and I feel horrible. I’m wrong and there’s just no excuse for what I did. [...] I feel so, so bad, and I am so sorry.”