The Mansfield school district condemned a racist video posted on Twitter of a student wearing blackface and using a racial slur.
The video shows a student opening a tube of black paint. She paints her face with it, rubbing it over her eyes and saying, “all or nothing man.”
She also uses a racial slur in the video.
The district said the girl is a student at Lake Ridge High School. “There is no acceptable excuse or explanation for behaviors or speech that promote racism,” principal Brandon Johnson said in a letter to parents Wednesday.
The letter said the video was not taken on campus and has since been taken down.
Alan Phan, who is also a Lake Ridge student, re-posted the video on his Twitter account.
“I felt it was important to draw attention to the video because a video of that nature needs to be brought to light due to the immaturity and ignorance it represented,” Phan said.
He said videos such as the one his peer posted “affect people of color by just adding to the existing oppression and stigma around us.”
“It’s a tough social media world out there for our kids, but as Eagles, we are better than this,” Johnson said the school district’s letter. “We must value and respect everyone and avoid any actions that promote racism or hate speech.”
Additional counselors were on campus Thursday afternoon to speak with students.
“We understand this is not the end of the conversation on race, but just the beginning of one. And it is a conversation that we hope will extend past our campus, to dinner tables, after-school clubs, churches, and our community at large.”
In a district statement, officials said they cannot discuss possible disciplinary action against the student, but it will be handled according to the MISD Student Code of Conduct.