Virginia’s Henrico County police and school leaders are currently investigating a video posted on social media showing Short Pump Middle School students simulating sexual acts and taunting Black students with racist remarks inside the boys’ locker room.
A parent of one of the football players who wasn’t involved told CBS 6 that a white student pinned Black students to the locker room floor and benches, and dry humped them while yelling racist comments.
A video of the incident was posted on Snapchat with text placed over the simulated acts which read, “We gonna (expletive) the black outta these African-American children from Uganda.”
Short Pump Middle School principal Thomas McAuley sent an email to parents calling the actions in the video “appalling, disturbing, and inexcusable.”
“I and the administrative team of Short Pump Middle School are handling this matter with the seriousness it deserves,” McAuley wrote. “This includes taking appropriate actions to address what occurred and to prevent it from ever happening again.”
“As a community I would encourage each family to have conversations with their children about embracing diversity, and what the idea of ’embracing diversity’ means to them, and what they should do if the experience anything that ‘tears down’ another person,” McAuley continued. “Let’s lift up each other and use this moment to teach and empower our students.”
Henrico County School spokesperson Andy Jenks said he couldn’t get into specifics about the incident, but said the school system will “take appropriate action.”