Utah school administrators are investigating a racially offensive video that shows five white teen girls shouting the n-word and other expletives.
Weber High School officials became aware of the footage Monday after the 10-second video began making the rounds of social media. In the video, the group of junior and senior girls scream “f–k n–gers” while smiling and laughing.
“We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video,” according to a statement from the Weber School District. “School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously. We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”
School officials said the IT department would look into whether the clip was created with a video-editing app that somehow generated the offensive phrase.
“Initial information suggests that the students may have actually been saying a different phrase, something similar to ‘surgeon cuff,'” the district said. “The video was then possibly uploaded into an app that plays it backwards, producing an entirely different sounding phrase. In this case, a very derogatory, offensive racial slur.”
The school confirmed that three of the girls in the video are cheerleaders, but said there’s no indication the footage was filmed during extracurricular activities.
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, according to the Deseret News.
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Several students and parents took to social media to condemn the video.
“The video of Weber high school cheerleaders making racist comments makes me so sick,” said one Facebook user.
Others called for the teens to be booted from the cheerleading team.
“PLEASE call the school and DEMAND these people no longer be in a representation position for the school,” another user wrote on Facebook.
Schools officials haven’t determined how the students will be disciplined, but said they could be expelled or kicked off the cheerleading squad.
“All of those things would be on the table,” Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay told the Deseret News. “Obviously, they knew what they were doing. It’s just completely inappropriate.”