School officials in Minnesota are investigating what they describe as a "serious and disturbing racist video" that allegedly shows a Prior Lake High School student, according to local news outlet Southwest News Media.
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In the video, which has been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook, the 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."
Principal John Bezek sent a letter to parents on November 9 stating that the school does not tolerate racism or hate speech.
"I'm writing to inform you that a serious and disturbing racist video was posted on social media by one of our students," Bizek said. "This morning we received several reports regarding the video, which goes against everything for which our school stands. To be clear, our school does not tolerate racism or hate speech."
Bizek said the school had launched an investigation and would take "appropriate action."
"Racist messages like the ones in the video create an environment that is hostile to learning. I want to assure students and staff that we are committed to their safety and emotional well-being," Bizek wrote.
The Savage Police Department is also examining the video.
"The Savage Police Department is aware of the posted video and is working with administration at Prior Lake High School to investigate the matter," Savage Det. Sgt. Mike Schiltz said Tuesday.