Kids say the darndest things.
A cheerleader at Amarillo High School recently took it a little too far, however. The student was filmed spelling out the ‘N-word’ in a routine, and the video was posted on Snapchat. The racial epithet is also audible in the video. The footage also features the N-word fully spelled out across the center of the image in a text banner.
“AISD has learned of an inappropriate video containing a student which was recently distributed on social media,” Amarillo ISD spokesperson Holly Shelton told the Amarillo Globe-News on February 4. “AISD does not ever condone racist language or behavior. Because this situation involves an individual student, federal student privacy laws prevent us from commenting further.”
“AISD students who choose to participate in extracurricular activities, such as athletics and cheerleading, are held to a higher standard for their behavior outside of the school day,” Shelton added. “These expectations are set forth in AISD’s Code of Ethical Behavior for Extracurricular Activities, and every participating student agrees to be bound by these higher expectations.”
It’s not the first time students at the high school have been involved in questionable behavior. Last year, according to the Globe-News, a pep rally that took place before Amarillo played Caprock High School contained elements “that some individuals might perceive as having been racially insensitive, including tortillas.” Caprock has a majority Hispanic student body.
The latest incident has not gone unnoticed by Amarillo residents, even some who no longer reside there.
“I had the most horrible experiences there … I try not to ever return,” Beau Okechukwu told the Globe-News.
Okechukwu, who was born in Amarillo but moved away five years ago, added, “Due to the lack of diversity, I feel that a lot of the people are not very accepting of others that are different. Everybody does a great job of pretending — they say the right things, but their actions are incongruent.”