Social media posts showing two high school students in North Carolina reviving Floyd’s death have prompted an investigation by school officials.
A screenshot of the photo was posted on the South Caldwell High School Facebook page on Friday. The photo shows a student raising his finger and grabbing one knee at the back of another student’s neck. The second student is lying with his hands on his back. It is written in the title. “Welcome to Southern Caldwell.”
Both students look white.
Principal Philip Little said in a video message on Friday that the incident occurred during a class change the previous day, “shocking the emotional well-being of our students, faculty, and community.” He said the school began investigating on Thursday.
“Our nation has had to reflect on its difficult history, our challenge to each other and our responsibilities as good people. “Our school is going through these difficult dialogues right now,” Little said. “We have conducted a thorough investigation into this violation of school rules and regulations. We are dealing with the responsible parties, we have consulted with their families. “
It was not immediately clear on Monday whether the students involved had been punished.
South Caldwell High School is in Hudson, about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte. According to the US News և World Report, about 1,500 students attend school, 89% of whom are white. Only 1% of students are S!
Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Shavin squeezed his neck for more than nine minutes as three other officers chose not to intervene. On April 20, Shavin was convicted second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, second-degree murder.
Don Phipps, Caldwell County School Inspector, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on Monday. But in a statement to WBTV, he called the “students who recreated the scene with George Lloyd Floyd” a “disturbing, disturbing picture.”
“I want to emphasize that this image does not represent the values, beliefs or ideals of Caldwell County schools,” Phipps said. “… We are terrified of this behavior; we apologize for any emotional turmoil. We promise to use this as a catalyst to create work harmony in our system as we strive to stand together, support each other. ”
School principal Little said it was an “intolerable incident.”
“It was an inappropriate photo that reacted immediately because it was disrespectful and insensitive,” he said. “These actions are not tolerated in our school.”
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