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School Superintendent Says Racist and Threatening Messages Sent to Students of Color Was a Hoax

School Superintendent Says Racist and Threatening Messages Sent to Students of Color Was a Hoax

“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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Comments

SeiteiSouther | April 15, 2021 at 10:43 am

That kid needs to be suspended for that. This is damaging to legitimate actual instances of racism.

This was not a hoax. It was harassment. The use of “racist messages” was meant to make it more distressing. It succeeded at that.

The only reason they say it was a hoax was because the assumption that only evil white supremacists would say or do that kind of thing turned out to be false.

It was not a hoax, it was a category error.

The Friendly Grizzly | April 15, 2021 at 12:07 pm

I am so shocked and horrified this has happened! I’m sure it has never happened before! /s

And even though this was completely despicable and fake, the real racists are lurking just around the corner don’tcha know! I hope we all learned a valuable lesson from this heroic act of hoax terrorism and we can all have a few days off from school to celebrate his achievement of starting a conversation about race. By the way, what’s his name again? Oh yeah, that always seems to be protected, even when the offender is not a minor.

Missing critical information: What color was the student?

    henrybowman in reply to kjon. | April 16, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    It’s “missing” in the same way “missing mass” in the universe is missing — once you have determined that it’s not detectable, that tells you what it is.

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