Video footage posted on a social media site that shows a group of teens using racial slurs and insults is being investigated by the Antelope Valley Union High School District, which condemned the “inexcusable racist behavior.”
The video that surfaced on Snapchat shows a girl putting black-face makeup on a boy while racist comments are uttered.
“We were recently made aware of a social media video showing a group of teenagers exhibiting deeply offensive, and inexcusable racist behavior,” according to a statement issued by the school district. “This runs counter to the district’s core values of integrity, respect for the individual, diversity, and community. We are working on identifying those in the video, while including our law enforcement partners, and will take action as deemed appropriate. We strive to provide a culture of inclusivity and kindness. We ask all parents, students and community members to share our commitment to compassionate and kind conduct both on and off campus.”
A statement from Quartz Hill High School officials struck a similar note.
“While this video goes against everything QHHS stands for, we will not allow it to shape our school culture,” it read. “Our true strength is in our diversity and our unity of purpose in creating an inclusive, compassionate, and safe school culture. When summer school begins on July 1, QHHS administration and counselors will be visiting each class to reinforce our shared commitment to these core values.”
The video was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but while it depicts racist behavior, it does not appear to show evidence of a crime, a department spokesman said.
The students involved reportedly attend Quartz Hill High and Lancaster High School.