Casey County college student charged over racial video

The names of those involved have not been released due to their ages.

CASEY COUNTY, Ky (WTVQ) – Charges have been laid against a Casey County middle school student after a video circulated on social media showing him assaulting another student while others watched.

The video took place in a bathroom inside the school and shows a white student holding a black student in a choke hold, before the black student appeared to pass out. All of this happened while other students were watching.

The school district says the incident took place last Friday.
Casey County Schools Superintendent Barry Lee said the administration took immediate action with the school’s resource officer who is part of the Liberty Police.

Superintendent Lee released a statement to ABC 36 News saying:

“Casey County Schools is aware of video circulating on social media involving an incident at Casey County College. The incident happened last Friday and school administrators took immediate action with the support of a Liberty Police Department deputy who serves as the school resource officer (SRO).

School administrators and the SRO have been in communication with the parents throughout the investigation. No further information can be released as all parties involved are minors and the investigation is still ongoing.

Superintendent Barry Lee added: ‘The behavior that occurred in the video will not be tolerated. School administrators and the SRO took immediate action, but we must continue to be proactive in helping our students understand that this is not acceptable behavior in our schools or in our communities.

The accused assailant has been charged with strangulation and assault and police are trying to determine if there are any other videos. More charges could be filed, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The names of those involved have not been released due to their ages.

Martha K. Merrill