Members of the online and local community are voicing outrage after this video of a Brighton High School student saying the n-word went viral. The video posted by a Murray High School has been viewed over 190,000 times.
Warning: Explicit language.
Murray kids at it again. Y’all are complete trash @janecia_large pic.twitter.com/aqARjJ7gtU
— will (@BLXCKWILLIAM) March 3, 2018
Officials from the Murray School District confirmed that the student speaking in the video is a former student at Murray High School. Canyons School District confirmed that the student now goes to Brighton High School.
The student’s cheer team confirmed that she has been dismissed from the organization, releasing this statement on their Facebook page:
“A.W.A.Y. Athletics firmly stands against the recent disrespectful and crude viral video involving two of our team members. The statements and views made in the video are in stark contrast the mission, vision, and values of A.W.A.Y Athletics. Effective immediately we have ended our partnership with both individuals and they no longer represent A.W.A.Y Athletics. Diversity and respect are etched into the foundation of our company. From our founding partners to our newest client, we value each individual experience, and believe everyone’s unique identity is an integral part of our community.”
The student asked to have her identity hidden, but released this apology statement:
“I am truly heartbroken for the people that I hurt by saying such a vulgar and hurtful word. It wasn’t my intention to hurt or upset anyone. I am so very far from racist and love everyone no matter the color of their skin. This isn’t the person I am nor ever wanted to be. I hope not only me but everyone in the world will learn and understand that that word is so offensive and such a hurtful and harmful word to use and to think before they do the things they do I just want to thank everyone who has made this a thing because it has taught me so much and this is something I can take and learn for the rest of my life. Again, I am sorry.”
A spokesperson for Canyons School District said that they will not be opening an investigation into the matter because the incident did not occur on school property or at a school event. They added that “Acts of discrimination are not tolerated on any Canyons District campus. We will swiftly and firmly respond to any actions that violate our anti-discrimination policy”.