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Hate speech and threats made in prom group chat

Screenshots of threats and racial slurs made by white East Bernard High School students toward black classmates have surfaced, and has left many students of color fearing for their safety.

On Monday, Dec. 6, the chat group, labeled “Prom bus” was created to discuss plans for the East Bernard High School prom; however, things took a serious turn when students decided to make racially-driven threats.

The group was discussing who all would be included in prom plans when one student stated, “No black people.”

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Following that statement, a threat of “all [n-word] must hang,” was made with many within the group agreeing with the remark.

This is a screen capture of the group message thread. All student identifying names have been redacted.

Once surfaced, multiple students and parents have expressed concerns of safety.

East Bernard ISD Superintendent Courtney Hudgins released a statement addressing concerns and announcing an investigation into the group.

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“On Monday, December 6, 2021, a social media group chat was created by students who are enrolled in East Bernard High School,” Hudgins said. “This chat contained racist hate speech towards another student and the African American demographic.”

Hudgins continued by saying that the district was made aware of the messages later Monday evening, and a full investigation began the next morning.

“The investigation continued throughout the day Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021,” she said. “Security was provided on Tuesday as a precautionary measure to ensure student safety and minimize disruption to the instructional day.”

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Hudgins informed parents and students that counseling services are available for all students impacted by this incident.

As for those responsible for the messages, Hudgins said, “Students involved with the group chat and racist hate speech are receiving disciplinary measures in accordance with the student code of conduct.”

She went on to state that the district does not condone the messages, and, “East Bernard ISD strives to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all students to learn, achieve, and build lifelong relationships.”

For more information about the district’s student code of conduct, please visit the East Bernard Independent School District website.

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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