Southington police are currently carrying an investigation on a white teenager after he recorded some videos with highly offensive, racist and threatening language.
The video was first posted on a private group in Snapchat and later leaked to Twitter by one of the members. In the clip, the teenager can be seen angrily yelling and spewing racial slurs and threats allegedly aimed to black people.
He challenges people in the group chat to fight him, inviting them to his house and keeps of throwing racist epithets left and right. He also treats with “lynching” them and, taking one from the book of the Ku Klux Klan, says he’s going to burn crosses in their front yards.
The teen also claimed he had “hung 12 Black men from a tree just this night,” as he proceeded o angrily yell and say if the people in the group were mad about him using the N-word, he was ready to fight.
Southington Police and representatives from the Southington Public Schools were made aware of the video after it started to spread on Twitter. Superintendent Timothy Connellan said he sent a letter to the boy’s family condemning his behavior and language and added:
“Please note that the Southington Public Schools don’t condone, support or tolerate the type of language or behavior demonstrated in the video.”
WFSB, a local news station, was able to talk with the boy over the phone before police officially started their investigation to see if the video had some criminal intent. According to them, the young man was remorseful and apologetic, and he explained that the videos were aimed at a group of people he was feuding with. He also revealed the people in the group are all white.
“Any student in the Southington Public Schools District whose behavior is shown to be seriously disruptive of the educational process will experience disciplinary consequences consistent with Board of Education policy and regulations and the applicable state and federal statutes and regulations,” Connellan added in his letter.
Students from the Southington High School were shocked and offended by the video. Breanna Morales, who is a classmate of the unidentified teen, said:
“I wouldn't think that like somebody who just sits in the back of a class quietly and doesn't talk would be like, come out like that, and start saying all that.”
While Jeremy Capobianco told CT Record-Journal, “It’s a tight-knit community. I never expected to hear that. It’s an extremely radical view.”
Police were arranging interviews with the people involved. The teenager who recorded video, the people in the Snapshat group, and the user who posted the video to Twitter. No charges have been presented.
This comes just a few weeks after a pair of students from Dover High School, in New Hampshire, caused outrage on social media with an insensitive racial song they made for an assignment.
A fellow student felt the lyrics of the song were offensive and shared a video of it to social media, sparking a heated debate about the teacher’s responsibility and the lack of empathy demonstrated by the two students.
The assignment was to create a Christmas carol 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.
“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 school district also launched an investigation on the clip, revealing that teacher who allowed the song to be performed was put on paid leave.
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