In a shockingly racist incident in Springfield, Missouri, a student posted a Snapchat video threatening to lynch a black student, reports the Springfield News-Leader.
After hurling obscene racist slurs, the male voice yelled “stay the (expletive) out of our locker room,” accused the student of stealing and added “we should (expletive) lynch you.”
“It’s a privilege to be in our school. You (expletives) go around like you own the place,” the student added.
@KickapooChiefs #KickapooHS #Kickapoo @springfieldNL the police do not think threatening LYNCHING to the Black & LGBTQIA teens in High School is a POLICE MATTER!!! @SGFPolice pic.twitter.com/G1TJlk1m67
— Vicki Walden 🌻 (@TheVikChick) May 10, 2019
The state’s chapter of the NAACP swiftly weighed in.
“It took my breath away, personally,” Toni Robinson, president of the Springfield NAACP, told the Springfield News-Leader. “You’re not surprised but the trauma, the feeling, the emotion that we’ve been experiencing for generations is relived in that moment.”
Kickapoo Principal Bill Powers issued a statement.
“The last few months have been difficult for our school, but together we have an opportunity to rise above the divisive behavior demonstrated by a few vocal students,” Powers wrote. “The vast majority of our Kickapoo family are welcoming individuals with big hearts who work extraordinarily hard to demonstrate kindness and love every day.”