Hours after a racially offensive 50-second clip was posted to TikTok and within hours had thousands of page views, Carrollton City Schools took the unprecedented move to expel those students according to a message from Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus.
“The racist behavior observed in the video easily violates this standard,” he said. “They are no longer students at Carrollton High School.
The video started with two students in a bathroom and mimic a cooking show as they are pouring water into the sink. Some of the commentary included the girl saying, “first we have back…” followed with “next we don’t have a dad.”
With #Carrollton trending on Twitter Friday morning, the students were quickly identified by their peers and the responses to rebuke the actions were swift.
TikTok, a widely popular social media outlet that is available via SmartPhones is widely popular with teenagers as they create skits and sing songs and is quickly becoming the platform of choice among teenagers.
In his communication, Dr. Albertus said he was deeply disturbed by the overt racist tone of the TikTok video and concurred with parents and other community members who were outraged by the production. An investigation came after CHS Principal David Brooks began to investigate the incident late Thursday night. “It is our priority to keep our schools safe, and there is no doubt this incident has caused significant tension at Carrollton High School, across the district, state, and nation-even the world.”
Parents were relieved that the situation was handled swiftly by the administration “The community in Carrollton deserves a big up! All parents who sent an email after the video dropped at 10:11 received personalized responses from Dr. Brooks!” said Bruce, a parent of a 9th and 11th grader.