Published May 18, 2023, 5:20 a.m. by Violet Harris
A group of high school seniors in baltimore are under investigation by the sheriff's office after allegedly posting racist images as part of a senior prank.
The images, which were shared on social media, showed students in blackface and making Nazi salutes.
The baltimore County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident and says it is taking the allegations "very seriously."
"We are aware of the social media posts and we are investigating," a spokesperson for the sheriff's office said. "We take these allegations very seriously."
The school district also released a statement, saying it is "deeply concerned" about the incident.
"We are deeply concerned about the social media posts that have surfaced allegedly involving some of our students," the statement said. "We are working closely with law enforcement to investigate this matter."
The incident comes just weeks after a different group of baltimore County students was disciplined for posting racist and sexist messages on social media.
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FREDERICK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFICIALS TELL 11 NEWS THAT THE LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TODAY MET WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS AND THEY SAY THEY HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE FREDERICK
COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THIS ALLEGED HATE SPEECH INCIDENT AS A POSSIBLE CRIMINAL MATTER, AS WELL.
SO WHENEVER WE ENCOUNTER HATE SPEECH, RACIAL SLURS, DEROGATORY LANGUAGE, WE ALWAYS TAKE THAT EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY IN FREDERICK COUNTY TONIGHT, A POSSIBLE HATE SPEECH INCIDENT UNDER
INVESTIGATION BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.
ACCORDING TO CPS, THIS IMAGE WAS PART OF A MONTAGE VIDEO THAT WAS SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY SOME LENORE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS SOME TIME AFTER DISMISSAL ON MONDAY.
SO PART OF THAT WAS A COMPILATION OF DIFFERENT IMAGES OF DIFFERENT SENIORS ENGAGED IN VARIOUS SILLY ACTS.
ONE OF THOSE IMAGES WAS OF THE STILL OF A STUDENT SPELLING OUT THE N-WORD ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.
IT IS AN IMAGE THAT WE CAN SHOW VERY LITTLE OF BLURRY TO BEGIN WITH AS IT’S A SCREENSHOT FROM A VIDEO AND THEN BLURRED EVEN MORE BY 11 NEWS BECAUSE WE CAN’T PUT THIS ON TV.
THERE IS NO PLACE OR SPACE FOR SUCH WORDS OR ACTIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY, ANY OF OUR COMMUNITIES.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS TELL 11 NEWS THEY’VE IDENTIFIED SEVERAL OF THE SENIORS SEEN ELSEWHERE IN THE VIDEO AND THAT THEY’VE TEAMED UP WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO IDENTIFY THE PERSON
SEEN IN THE STILL IMAGE, AS WELL AS THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING AND SHARING IT.
WE’RE STILL INVESTIGATING WHO’S IN THE IMAGE.
WHEN WAS THE ACT?
WHEN DID THEY ENGAGE IN THE ACT OF SPELLING OUT THE DEROGATORY HATE SPEECH ON THE FIELD?
AND SO WE’RE STILL GATHERING THAT INFORMATION IN A MESSAGE TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SENT THIS AFTERNOON, NOON, ADMINISTRATORS GAVE AN UPDATE ON THE INVESTIGATION, ADDING, QUOTE,
HATE SPEECH OF ANY KIND IS UNACCEPTABLE AND THE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS INVOLVED WILL BE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND APPLICABLE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN FREDERICK COUNTY TONIGHT.
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