Southridge High School student apologizes for posting racist video

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Tri-City Herald

A video of a Southridge High School student making racist and obscene comments about a fatal supermarket shooting prompted a response from school officials after it was posted on social media.

The video shows two students sitting behind a desk in a common area at Kennewick High School. A sign posted on the table reads “Southridge Suns”. One of the students goes on to say that he wants to talk about “National Bigot Day” and makes disparaging remarks about black people who have been killed.

The Buffalo, NY massacre, which left 10 people dead, was described by authorities as an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.”

The video was posted on TikTok and Instagram and immediately drew criticism.

Kennewick School District officials said they became aware of the video on Friday, May 20.

“We are aware of the video and have investigated,” a district administration statement said in an email to the Tri-City Herald.

“We do not tolerate or condone racism, intolerance or discrimination of any kind, and our top priority is to create an environment where all of our students are safe, known and valued,” the statement read. “We are committed to combating racism, intolerance and discrimination promptly and through appropriate action.”

The district said school administrators are following appropriate “disciplinary consequences,” but would not comment on the extent of the discipline.

Principal Molly Hamakrer-Teals called the comments in the video “hurtful and racist,” in a statement to KEPR.

The student who made the comments was later seen in another video posted on social media apologizing for his remarks.

“I’m not racist…I just like it when people laugh because it makes me happy and I just have something to distract,” he said.

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Eric Rosane is a civic responsibility reporter who joined the Tri-City Herald in February 2022. He previously worked for the Daily Chronicle in Lewis County, covering education, county government and the Legislature . He graduated from Central Washington University in 2018.

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