District Confronted About Racism After Black Student Sent Racist Video
In SummaryA school board meeting in a Minneapolis suburb resulted in a heated exchange between activists and school board officials after a Black student in the district was sent a racist video where she was encouraged to die by suicide.
School board members in a Minneapolis town walked out of a special meeting on Monday after being confronted about racism.
This comes after a Black student at Prior Lake High School was sent a racist video with racial slurs encouraging her to die by suicide.
According to the Associated Press, students and activists pushed the board to take action since the video emerged. The special meeting was meant to address the issue, but four board members walked out of the room when confronted.
Twin Cities activist Lavish Mack and other community activists said they’ve kept track of accounts from students about the racism they’ve experienced in the school district.
District Superintendent Teri Staloch said one of the students involved in the racist video no longer goes to school in the district, according to the AP. Staloch said the district is also working to implement groups to facilitate a safe environment for students.
The incident began when sisters Nya and Elizabeth Sigin brought attention to a racist video posted by other students. In retaliation, a video was sent to Nya encouraging her to die by suicide, which came months after she was released from an inpatient hospital for struggles with her mental health.
Activist Shaun King brought attention to the incident, posting about it on Instagram, where he has more than 3.5 million followers. King also brought attention to a GoFundMe page for Nya to help her family with any burdens they are experiencing.
In Minnesota, it is against the law to encourage someone to die by suicide. Police are now investigating and said they are looking “at all aspects” of the video to see where the case takes them.
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