South High School junior Jayla Lewis is the victim of a circulating video of seven sneering teenage girls saying racial epithets to the young teenager five years ago. Well, that same video resurfaced, making Lewis relive an awful moment.
“It really hurt me to see that it was an African American leading them to say it, which makes everyone think it’s OK,” Lewis said, SCS reports.
The clip has resurfaced on social media and is going viral among students at South High School in Torrance, California. Lewis relives the display of racism she first faced in college after the video was taken.
A black classmate of Lewis’s received the viral clip attached to a text message.
“Kill yourself. We don’t want you. You don’t fit in with the rest of us,” the post read. “Go back to Africa.
At the time of the initial incident, Lewis said the boys weren’t scolded, nor were the girls in the video taunting her. Lewis revealed that those same students are now seniors at South High with prominent roles in the student body and on school sports teams.
“I saw two boys telling me to go back to Africa and pick cotton with my ancestors,” Lewis said.
According to CBS, many black students do not feel comfortable returning to high school, with less than 3% of students identifying as black.
“There are hardly any African-American staff,” Lewis said. “He’s not really someone I can go to for personal or cultural issues.”
In a statement, the Torrance Unified School District said it handled the incident, including the students and their families.
“I can assure our school community that if ever students have any conflicts with each other at school or at a school event, we will work with them and their families to provide the support and supervision necessary to help them resolve. their conflict in a respectful and productive manner,” Neighborhood wrote.
Lewis’ mother, Linda Morris, said the district should investigate further to find the root of all this hatred in Torrance School system.
“My message to the district is to try to find out why these kids don’t like African Americans,” she said. “We couldn’t choose our color. What have we done especially the students who go there for their studies and try to get a good education – why do they feel like we don’t deserve it when they do ? »
“I’m hoping for an apology and I hope the girls finally realize what they did was wrong,” she added.
In a statement, the district encouraged parents and students to report similar incidents to school officials.