“This afternoon, a young person took responsibility for posting hateful messages on social media.”
Incidents like this happen so often that each new instance should be met with skepticism. Do you know what’s interesting? Officials said a young person took responsibility, but never mentioned the person’s race.
KSTP News reports:
White Bear Lake superintendent says messages sent to students of color ‘a hoax’
The superintendent for White Bear Lake Area Schools says racist and threatening messages sent to students of color over social media were a hoax.
The messages triggered a walkout last week at White Bear Lake High School’s South Campus.
According to Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak, a student admitted to creating a fake Instagram account and sending messages to other students.
Kazmierczak said the student who sent the posts “poses no threat to our students of color.”
Here’s part of his statement:
Over the last week, we have worked with the FBI and local law enforcement, who investigated the racist, hateful, and threatening messages that were sent to several of our students of color from an anonymous Instagram account. The messages have caused great pain to our students and caused a material and substantial disruption in our school.
This afternoon, a young person took responsibility for posting hateful messages on social media. While we are working to learn more about the motives behind this action, we understand that race is at the center of this incident and any use of hateful language against another student is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. Our anger around racist acts and bullying remain critical to our work as parents, educators and community.
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