According to local news outlets, the teens at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina posted a video on the social media platform over the weekend that captured them as they mocked the tragic murder of George Floyd.
In the 10-second clip, one student is seen laying on the ground with his hands behind his back when another teen, dressed up as a police officer, approaches him and places his knee on his neck. The student mocking Floyd then shakes as the camera pans away, and the video comes to an end.
The clip was met with negative comments and a Change.org petition that called on the school’s officials to take action. Following the backlash, the high school sent out an email to parents, acknowledging the “unacceptable and disturbing actions” and notifying them that the involved students would be suspended for the remainder of the 2021–2022 school year. Per the message, the teens will also be banned from participating in any athletic and extracurricular activities.
“We strongly condemn the actions of these students,” added Dr. Greg Little, the Lexington County superintendent. “Racism, in any form, will not be tolerated by our students or staff and will be addressed immediately.”
In an effort to assist any students who were affected by the TikTok video, White Knoll High School has partnered with the Lexington County Community Mental Health Center to provide in-school counselors and other support options, including a helpline.
“Over the last few years, White Knoll High’s staff and students have worked collectively toward bringing people together,” Daughtery’s statement read. “This incident highlights that we still have work to do. We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring all of our students and staff respect and learn from each other.”
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