Two North Carolina High School students were suspended for reposting a video of their classmate using the n-word during a debate, Buzzfeed reports.
Carmani Harris-Jackson, 15, said she started posting her opinions about gun control on Snapchat after she saw some of her classmates criticizing National Walkout Day, the nation-wide student protest against gun control.
"Someone posted on Snapchat how the walkout would be stupid, how without guns we wouldn't have any of the stuff we have today, and that we were wasting our time walking out," Harris-Jackson said.
After she posted a Snapchat video on February 21 saying she didn’t want to take guns away but that she did believe in imposing restrictions, she ended up in a debate with a few white conservative students.
One white female student posted a video of another girl who said “They’re putting laws on who can purchase a gun. No, n*gger."
Harris-Jackson and her friend, 16-year-old Trinity Smith, wanted to hold the girl accountable for highlighting a video featuring a racial slur, so they reposted the video on their Facebook and Twitter profiles. They mentioned the girl’s name and Central Cabarrus High School, the high school they all attend. The video went viral and received over 10,000 views and 200 shares.
“Me and [the girl who said it] were friends before this happened. We had a class together. We would talk together. But as soon as I have a difference in views, you call me a very harmful and offensive racial slur? She said it in a joking manner, but there are boundaries of things you joke about and that's not one of the things you joke about it," said Harris-Jackson.
Buzzfeed approached the girl who said the slur. The student said that she had “moved on,” and that she had deleted her account. The girl who filmed the video couldn’t be reached for comment.
The morning after the video was posted, their school asked the girls to take it down. They didn’t want to remove the clip, but did after their school promised Smith and her mother that they wouldn’t be punished for the incident. They received a two-day out of school suspension the following day.
Other students confirmed the other girls were also suspended. The school itself wouldn’t speak on the punishment, but the school district released a statement via spokesperson Ronnye Boone.
“Cabarrus County Schools seeks to provide a safe, inviting and motivating learning environment for all of our students. Racial prejudice and insensitivity have no place in our classrooms or on our campuses," Boone said. "We investigate all claims and use the provisions outlined in Board Policy to determine disciplinary action."