Students' Racist Instagram Post Prompts Investigation

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While the racist post was uploaded a while back, officials are only now seeing it pop up on social media, prompting them to launch an investigation.

Image of phone showing Instagram app.

A racist social media post uploaded one year ago by Charlotte Public Schools' students is now under investigation, which is prompting the community to question why this has just come to the district's attention now.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the students in question used an image of two African Americans walking in front of the former Galewood Elementary School, a district-owned building that now hosts the Relevant Academy of Eaton County. In the caption, the students used a racial slur and an expletive, along with emojis depicting guns and a middle finger. Commentators also used slurs and expletives.

The social media post was originally uploaded to Instagram over a year ago. Now, students involved along with their families are meeting with school officials to discuss this matter.

In a statement, the district claimed that it “strongly condemns this hateful and racist commentary. This behavior is in no way welcome or tolerated in our schools. This does not represent Charlotte Public Schools, our students, or our school community.”

Officials also promised “an in-depth investigation” into this incident.

According to Superintendent Mark Rosekrans, the year-old incident is “appalling to all of us.” He told reporters that as the district started investigating, law enforcement officials were also made aware of the incident.

While names of students involved haven't been released, they claim they were only made aware of this incident when the post was uploaded to Facebook this week.

The district's students are predominantly white, according to census data. Out of the 2,423 students enrolled in Charlotte the past school year only 29 identified as African American. Despite the racial disparity, the school district insists that is taking this matter seriously and that it will not tolerate this type of behavior.

Banner and thumbnail image credit: Reuters/Jim Young

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