Times staff report
A video that surfaced on Facebook over the weekend of Hoover City School students using racial slurs against blacks and debating the merits of the Holocaust has sparked an investigation by the school officials.
In the video, which was shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, a group of white high school students are heard using racial slurs at what appears to be a private home.
In the video, a boy can be heard saying, “F—- N-word, f— Jews,” with another student, a girl, responding “Jews would be fine because they’re white.”
She can also be heard using the N-word, “It’s fine, we just need N-words gone.”
“Our school administrators are carefully investigating the situation in order to assess our options under the Code of Student Conduct,” Hoover School District officials said in a statement.
Hoover City Councilman Derrick Murphy told NBC News that he was saddened by the “words and thoughts” of the students.
“There is no excuse for hate speech or hate for that matter,” he said. “This does not represent our city.”
The Hoover School District released the following statement by email to parents and media Monday afternoon:
“We have been made aware of a recently posted video that features Hoover School System students who appear to be engaged in disturbing conduct. The activity apparently took place this past weekend at a private residence. Although it was not part of any school function, the conduct in question is in direct conflict with our school system’s values and its mission. Our school administrators are carefully investigating the situation in order to assess our options under the Code of Student Conduct. In the meantime, the Hoover school community may be assured that the Board, together with its administrative and instructional staff, remains steadfastly committed to maintaining and strengthening a school culture that encourages and embraces diversity, inclusiveness, and tolerance.”