Student Makes Racial Slur Video During Black History Month Celebration

ENGLAND, Ark. - After Fox 16 News covered an assembly at England High School earlier this week in honor of Black History Month, several concerned parents told us not everyone respected the celebration. 

They said a Snapchat video put a damper on the day. 

According to parents, racial slurs, such as "I will kill all n------," have been popping up around school recently, but one student took it too far during the celebration.

Parents said the student posted a video of the crowd at the high school's celebration on Snapchat, saying, "Look at all these n-------. They all need to go back to Africa."

The video forced one alum of the high school, whose family members now go there, to take action.

"Black folks can't be denied their heritage," wrote Earl Deshon Turner Atkins in a Facebook post. "And we won't be denied of it either through racial indifferences."

Atkins denounced the student's actions, which didn't go unnoticed. 

"Several students began talking about that it was causing problems in the classrooms," Atkins said. 

The video was removed, but Atkins said not before it made its rounds to students, parents and eventually faculty members. 

"The England High School principal and superintendent basically swept it under the rug and didn't take the proper disciplinary actions to the student that caused all this uproar," Atkins said. 

That's why Atkins turned to Facebook, his post getting hundreds of shares and likes. Then he said Facebook took it down. 

"I also have been removed from Facebook for 24 hours," Atkins said. "Not sure why."

But Atkins believes the post ultimately forced the school to take further action against the student.  

"He was escorted off the campus today [Friday] and given a suspension," he said. 

Atkins hopes that, his post and speaking out sends a clear message: racism of any kind won't be tolerated. 

"I, Earl Deshon, will be the voice for the people," read Atkin's post. "Students of any color should be punished accordingly for something like this."

We spoke with the high school's principal on the phone but he couldn't tell us anything on the record.


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