Two high school students in Georgia were expelled after posting a racist TikTok using negative African American stereotypes.

In the thread by Twitter user Camden, you can watch the aforementioned TikTok shared on Thursday with the two students, whose names are Stephanie Freeman and Jeffrey Hume. It shows the teenagers using racial slurs and making derogatory remarks about African Americans like “eat watermelon and fried chicken” and “make good choices.” Camden is reportedly a student at Carrollton High School.

In a statement obtained by The New York Times, Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus said the students “behavior was unacceptable and is not representative of the district's respect for all people. The racist behavior observed in the video easily violates this standard. They are no longer students at Carrollton High School.”

Carrolton High School Principal David Brooks looked into the incident on Thursday after the video was picking up traction online. Brooks said although the video was recorded during after-school hours, it is no excuse for that kind of behavior.

“It is our priority to keep our schools safe, and there is no doubt this incident has caused significant tension at Carrollton High School, across the district, state and nation – even the world,” he said.

“This incident does not reflect the culture of Carrollton City Schools,” he said. “We are very proud of our diversity and so is our entire community. We don’t need to lose sight of this important attribute because of the actions of a few.”

Stephanie Freeman shared on her Instagram Stories an apology, writing that she believes “blacks are human too.”

I want to apologize for the abhorrent video I posted. I know in my heart how wrong it was. My BF is racist and he slowly normalized his racism on me. Still I should never have let him. I believe blacks are human too. Made in the image of Christ. I have disappointed God and I want to apologize. Please don’t contact my college. It’s my future and one mistake should not ruin a life. Also please stop with the death threats. Again, I apologize. Sincerely, Steph.

I promise to dedicate my life to serving God and treating every human being with respect. I did not expect the public to forgive me, nor do I deserve it. But I pray God forgives my sins. That’s the only way we heal. But I do take issue with one thing: hatred does not defeat hatred. Threatening, bullying and cancelling me will not resolve the world’s problems.

Please, I urge everyone to seek God and find peace in him. I understand why people are angry at me, but how will ruining my life change that? My parents live on fear for my life. This is not fair!

She also pleaded with everyone to stop sharing the video, her name, and her picture.

 

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