Black Minnesota teens demand accountability after slur-filled videos from fellow student go viral

According to KSTP, Nya and Elizabeth Sigin, a pair of Black teenagers from Prior Lake High School in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, are speaking out following multiple viral videos from a fellow student engaging in racist behavior, including attacks directly at them.

School officials are investigating the videos, which they described as "serious and disturbing." In one video, a Prior Lake High School student repeatedly uses racial slurs and refers to a previous suicide attempt as she giggles.

"You dark ass n**ger," the student says in the video. "You dark ass chocolate bar. Get the f*ck out of here. No one likes n**gers. No one likes them. F*cking kill yourself right this time. Do it f*cking right. Cut deep enough this time, or f*cking tie the rope higher. Like, what the f*ck."

"It was just the most disgusting thing I've ever witnessed in my entire life," said Nya Sigin, who said she was the target of the video. "I was feeling I was confused. I didn't really know what I had done to even deserve it."

Nya and sister are now demanding accountability.

"I don't know at this point what I can do to make sure that this stops for good because it's too much on my sister," Elizabeth told KSTP. "It's too much on the family to just constantly be in these issues where somebody is harassing her and somebody is bullying her and she's only a freshman. She still has three more years of being at the school, and I want those three years to be good for her."

The incident, per Fox 9, was kicked off by reactions to an earlier racist video.

"The conflict started after Elizabeth and Nya say a girl at the school recorded a disturbing video attacking a pillow with the 'N-word' written on it," reported Babs Santos. "'She beat up the pillow while calling the pillow racial slurs, pretending as if the pillow was a Black person,' Elizabeth said. After the sisters drew attention to that video, they say more videos were made, this time directed at them. The viral video encourages Nya to commit suicide, only months after she was released from an inpatient hospital after struggles with her mental health."

According to the girls, Nya has received an outpouring of support from fellow students after the incident.

This comes a year after Minneapolis became the epicenter of the national conversation on race and policing justice, following the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck for nine minutes. This led to a rare police murder conviction.

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