A pair of high school students caused a stir in their community and on social media after they sang about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of the Christmas carol “Jingle Bells.”
The song was part of a school assignment where the 11th-grade students had to create a Christmas song to depict one historical event from the post-Civil War Reconstruction era for a U.S. history class.
They choose the creation of the Ky Klux Klan, but their song went terribly wrong.
Several videos recorded by another astonished student at the Dover High School, in New Hampshire, show the pair singing in front of the class while most of the student laugh at the offensive and insensitive lyrics.
“White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they’re dead -- ha, ha, ha,” they sang to the tune of Jingle Bells.
And continued “KKK, KKK let’s kill all the blacks, burn a cross on their front yard and hope they don’t come back.”
The video has caused outrage in the community and sparked an investigation from the school district
Superintendent William Harbron told NBC News that the students didn’t know they were being recorded at the time, and added:
“The principal became aware of the situation late Friday and began working with the teacher. Right now we’re dealing with the immediate need of communication and the emotions surrounding the situation."
The district also released a letter on Facebook to address the community and explain the situation, however, the entire Facebook page has been deleted in the last 24 hours.
Part of the letter read:
“We want to make you aware that we are working with students and educators at Dover High School to investigate and address an incident of extreme racial insensitivity. While the incident was part of a classroom assignment dealing with reconstruction period in American history, the impact was harmful.”
According to the New York Times, the unidentified teacher was put on paid leave while the school district deals with the nationwide backlash they’re getting for the situation.
On the other hand, Chloe Harris, 16, the girl who recorded and uploaded the videos of the song, revealed that before the performance, her classmates offered the printed lyrics to the entire class.
She found the words upsetting and decided to record them.
“I wasn’t really comfortable, and there was a better way he could teach it,” Harris said of the way her teacher managed the situation.
She added that she told the same to him, but “He did not listen. He told me to call my lawyer if I was upset about it.”
Even though is not clear if the students had bad intentions with their song, is clear that they lack sympathy to write and sing such charged lyrics in front of their entire class.
But people on social media are especially mad and outraged by the teacher that did not stop the song even after reading the lyrics beforehand.
Incidents like this one make one thing clear: that racism is so deeply enrooted in the society that sometimes young, inexperienced people can’t see the blurred line between what is right and what is not.
But is the teacher’s and the parents’ responsibility to educate and guide the young minds on these issues, otherwise, what would happen with the future of the nation?
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