South Carolina High School Students Suspended After Posting Video Mocking George Floyd's Death
High school students suspended from school after posting TikTok re-enacting George Floyd's death
November 04, 2021 at 10:39 pm
Four South Carolina high school students won’t be allowed to continue the remainder of their academic year after sharing a displeasing video mocking the killing of George Floyd.
According to NBC News, students from White Knoll High School reenacted the death of Floyd on video. The less-than-10-second video was posted on popular app TikTok, but was later removed.
Floyd died of asphyxiation back in 2020 after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes, The New York Times reports. His death ignited global protests that dominated the summer of 2020.
Chauvin was later convicted and found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and received a sentence of 22 and a half years.
The clip appeared to show a student dressed in a police uniform positioning his knee on the neck of another student while on the ground. The second student was seen handcuffed and shaking as the camera zoomed out.
According to Change.org, White Knoll student Arielis Rivera created a petition addressing the distasteful mockery, saying, “As many of you know [four] students posted a TikTok recreating and mocking the event of George Floyd's death. No matter your opinion on George Floyd himself we can agree that mocking his death is immoral, racist and wrong.”
Rivera encouraged her schoolmates to campaign for the proper handling of the incident by communicating with the school’s principal and school board of Lexington School District One.
Her efforts ultimately paid off and after the petition received nearly 500 signatures, the school reprimanded the four students' improper behavior, according to Newsweek. The four students will no longer be able to participate in any athletic or extracurricular activities for the remaining 2021-2022 school year, according to the school district.
Lexington School District One Superintendent Dr. Greg Little sent a letter to the staff and families saying, “Racism, in any form, will not be tolerated by our students or staff and will be addressed immediately.”
In a similar case of creating inappropriate content, students at a Wisconsin high school posted a “George Floyd" challenge on social media, WISTV reports.
The Lexington County Community Mental Health Center will be working with White Knoll students and providing emotional support in the aftermath, Newsweek reports.