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‘Consequences’ handed down to Southlake students after racist video posted on Facebook

School administrators handed down “consequences” Monday to Southlake Caroll students involved with a racist video posted over the weekend. But they didn’t say what the consequences were.

Administrators met Monday with students seen in the video and their parents.

“Due to confidentiality laws, the district will not share the consequences handed down to students per the Student Code of Conduct,” said Julie Thannum, the district’s assistant superintendent for board and community relations, in an email Monday. “But I can say they are being consistently applied.”

The video, which was not filmed on campus, shows several teens, the majority of them girls, chanting the n-word. The video was posted on Facebook Friday evening.

School officials sent students, parents and staff an email on Saturday concerning the video.

The emailed statement said the school was “aware of an inappropriate video that was posted publicly on social media by some Southlake teens and circulated online this week.”

In the statement, school officials noted it “has become an issue that we as a district and a community must address.”

School officials worked with parents to take the video down. The video also was reported to Twitter.

“We are extremely disappointed that any of our students would be involved in making a video involving a racial slur,” according to the school statement.

Thannum said the video had created a disruption to the school, resulting in school officials taking action.

“It’s a tough social media world out there for our kids, for sure,” according to the statement. “But as Dragons, we are better than this. We must value and respect everyone and avoid any actions that promote racism or hate speech.”

The punishment for engaging in racially motivated harassment or disrupting the school environment, according to the student code of conduct, ranges from a required parent meeting to suspension.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr
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