California high school students staged a massive walkout on Thursday after one of the school’s library computers was changed to display racist, threatening messages against Black individuals.
A modified screenshot of Berkeley High School's library’s website page, which read "F*** ALL THE N*****S IN THE WORLD" and "KKK FOREVER” and threatening a “public lynching” on Dec.9, was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.
The image prompted at least 2,000 students to walk out of class in protest against the hate crime on Thursday, chanting “Black Lives Matter” after Berkeley High’s Black Student Union publicized it on Twitter Wednesday night.
This happened at our school! When we will we as Black Students feel safe? pic.twitter.com/awoRyUX8hX— Black Student Union (@BerkeleyBSU) November 5, 2015
"This happened in our school! When will we as Black students feel safe?" the members wrote.
The BSU released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the message as “an act of blatant terrorism toward the Black students and staff members at Berkeley High,” adding they are “disappointed” but “not surprised.”
According to the Daily Californian, a noose was found hanging from a tree on the school’s campus in October 2014, and this year the high school recalled their yearbook after finding a comment that described Berkeley’s High’s smaller school, made up of mostly Black and Hispanic students, as “future … trash collectors” in the text.
Principal Sam Pasarow condemned the image in an email to the school community, calling the incident a hate crime.
He assured students the school is “giving this investigation the utmost attention, as well as involving the Berkeley Police Department.”
The shocking number of students and staff demonstrating their solidarity and support on Thursday highlights the strength and resilience of the school’s community and how this world-renowned progressive city will not allow racism to win.
Berkeley high just made me a proud student today. We made history yall ???— Gabbs? (@GabbyMars) November 5, 2015
What Berkeley High did was great, proud of the bay— bishop. (@Runitback_Sig) November 5, 2015
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