Racist Video of Antelope Valley Students Draws District Response - NBC Southern California

Racist Video of Antelope Valley Students Draws District Response

The school calls it "deeply offensive and inexcusable racist behavior."

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    The Antelope Valley Union High School District says it believes the students that were in a racist video that featured black face and racial obsenities attend school at Quartz Hill High School.

    A letter was sent to parents Wednesday to inform them that the school and the district are aware of the video and are going to take whatever action they see fit. 

    In the video, the teens are seen painting each other's faces black and using racist language.

    The school calls it "deeply offensive and inexcusable racist behavior."

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    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lancaster Station has also been made aware of the video and says it is investigating. The LASD says it knows the video was made off campus during summer break.

    "I mean its crazy," says Michaela, a 14-year-old student. "Because this is my generation. And seeing that my generation is doing this—it's kind of like, it's a disgrace to this generation because we are known as the future leaders."

    Quartz Hill High school also said in its letter to parents:

    "While this video goes against everything QHHS stands for, we will not let it shape our school culture. Our true strength is our diversity and our unity of purpose in creating an inclusive, compassionate and safe school culture."

    The district says it has been having conversations about the video with parents, many who have come by Wednesday to enroll their kids in summer school. The school says once those classes start on July 1, counselors will visit each class to reinforce the school's message of unity and core values.

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