LANTANA, Fla. - The Palm Beach County School District says it is aware of a video posted by two Santaluces students and that “appropriate action” will be taken.
The video was uploaded by two girls at the Lantana high school and has been removed by YouTube because the site says "it violated YouTube's Terms of Service."
In the video the girls made disparaging remarks about African-Americans at their school.
The video has been shared across social media sites and was highlighted by the web video show, Tosh.0.
Parents and students we spoke with called the remarks racist.
Santaluces High School Principal Kathy Orloff said there was an increase in security at the high school campus Tuesday but the presence of extra officers did not distract the students from their classes. “The reports from the kids here and teachers is that it is school as usual. This video does not reflect the feelings of our students and teachers,” Orloff said.
The safety of the students is the schools top priority, she said. According to Orloff there were not any incidents related to this on campus Tuesday. “We have a very diverse school and it’s what we are most proud of our diversity."
The decision on whether or not the extra officers will stay at the school is up to the district, Orloff said.
The district released a statement earlier Tuesday saying, "the School District is aware of the situation. Appropriate action will be taken according to district policy. Racist comments are unacceptable and have no place in our School District.”
The district is also not releasing the identity of the girls, and Orloff said the students were not transferred to another school. As of Tuesday, they had not been reprimanded.
“It really truly does not reflect our student body and it’s unfortunate,” Orloff said.
The school does not have a specific policy that would address this and she said she does not believe the district does at this point either. Orloff said that the district is still trying to develop policies related to social media use and comments, as are other districts in the country.
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