A racist video that was posted on social media earlier this month showed one girl spray painting another girl’s face black while making racist comments. According to a statement from the high school, the students who made the video are no longer there.
In a statement released Saturday, Saint Hubert Catholic High School For Girls said, “The young women who (sic) responsible for this situation have been identified and they are no longer members of this school community,” The statement says that the decision was made after the incident was looked into.
In the video, a girl is seen spray painting the face of another girl black as she says, “You’re a Black girl! You know your roots! It’s February! You’re nothing but a slave … and after this, she’s doing my laundry.”
People in the video can be heard laughing as this occurs. One person is seen filming the incident on her phone. The girl who had her face painted black says, “I’m Black and I’m proud.”
A Black parent whose daughter goes to the Catholic school in Philadelphia told CNN that the video was sent directly to his daughter, his niece, and other Black students.
When CNN asked Kenneth Gavin, the chief communications officer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, if the video was first sent to Black students at the school, he said, “At this time it is unknown as to the exact distribution. My understanding is that it was posted and shared on social media.”
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The archdiocese told CNN in a statement that the video was taken outside of school and after school hours.
The school wrote that the behaviour in the video was “repugnant” and that the Anti-Defamation League would be at the school on February 20 to teach about how to deal with bias.
In a statement, the school said that teachers and students went back to Saint Hubert Catholic High School on Monday and that there would be a “visible and active police presence around the campus perimeter.”
The school said in a letter that it would talk to all of the students about its plan for “safety and healing moving forward.”
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