Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Video showing high school cheerleaders yelling racial slur prompts investigation

These girls don't deserve a pass just because they're kids.

"From the information that was gathered, we believe the video was filmed one year ago while the students were on Fall break", says a statement released by district spokesman Lane Findlay.

"We are taking the matter very seriously and will be thorough in the investigation".

According to Deseret News, it has been suggested that the teens may actually be saying a random phrase that simply sounds like "f*** n***ers" because it's played backwards. They then edited the video to play backward to produce the racial epithet. "In this case, a very derogatory, racial slur".

The video was apparently filmed past year over fall break in a vehicle that was not on school property or participating in a high school activity, Findlay said.

He added: "Certainly, there are no excuses for this type of behavior, but they are still children in a sense and hopefully this will be a learning experience for them and others".

The video, which was originally posted to Instagram, was also circulating on Facebook where it had garnered more than 12,000 views by Monday night. Google searches on racist high school incidents come up with several options within hours of each other. The photo was taken in the school library and shared across social media.

"School officials are in the process of making contact with the students involved and their families".

Posted another commentator, 'How?

Racially-charged slurs and insults are not amusing; they never have been and never will be.

"If not by cheerleaders that represent the school, than by the district who runs it", one said. It makes us look bad in front of the entire state, maybe nation'.

Jeanetta Williams, president of NAACP's Idaho-Utah-Nevada chapter, called the video "appalling", according to the Associated Press, and wants the district to send a strong response, including suspending the cheerleaders from the squad.

'PLEASE call the school and DEMAND these people no longer be in a representation position for the school, ' another user wrote on Facebook.

Findlay said the school is debating punishments for the girls, which may include counseling, removal from the cheerleading team, and expulsion from school.

The spokesman also told the Deseret News that officials are now determining where the video originated.

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