ST. PAUL - A video clip posted to social media over the weekend featuring St. Paul area teens uttering a racial slur against the Black community was apparently recorded during a New Year’s Eve house party in the area.
Some of the youth allegedly involved have been called out on social media by name and the video has been shared on several social media sites with a copy being sent by a concerned viewer to Lakeland Today.
The video clearly shows a group of high school male teens, although a female can also be heard laughing in the background, with drinks in hand participating in a countdown before shouting out the racial slur.
“Both as a community member and in my role as Superintendent of Schools, I am very disheartened and disturbed by the video,” St. Paul Education Superintendent Glen Brodziak stated Monday morning in an email to Lakeland Today.
“Our actions and decisions are guided by our commitment to student safety and our responsibilities under the Education Act. Our goal is always to share as much information and detail as the law allows, while having respect and discretion for all involved. I am unable to speak to any specifics but can tell you an investigation is underway.”
A K-Division RCMP media spokesperson would only confirm Monday that a complaint had been made in connection with the video but refused further comment at this time. Local RCMP had not responded to inquiries from Lakeland Today as of publication of this story.