The Clovis Unified School District said Saturday that it is investigating social media messages that may have come from students in the district and are racially demeaning.
Kelly Avants, Clovis Unified spokeswoman, said that administrators became aware of the social media posts overnight.
So far, she said, the messages appeared to be written by “several young people in the community, at least some of whom attend the district’s high schools.”
The racial messages were revealed on Twitter with screenshots of a conversation that had been shared on Snapchat. The users refer to black people by using the N-word and suggest they “jet on over to Africa and smuggle a new one over.”
Immediately after that message, an image sent by a user named “Williammm” shows a white man about to whip a black man who is on the ground. The caption reads: “I’m punishing him.”
The message that followed was just as graphic. “I caught my house (N-word) looking at chevys on Craigslist so I lynched him and his kids,” said the message, written by a user named “Jackson.”
At least one screenshot mentioned the Snapchat conversation was made by students in an “FFA group.” The FFA is the Future Farmers of America.
When they were posted on Twitter on Friday, the poster attached the address and phone number of Clovis High School. By Saturday afternoon, the post had been retweeted by more than 2,000 Twitter users. Some replied to the post saying they knew the Snapchat users who sent the racial messages.
“The language and imagery used in these racially charged texts is intolerable and counter to the character and ethics we expect of our student body,” Avants said in a district statement.
In a second screenshot of the Snapchat conversation, the users appear to discuss the size and strength of black Americans. “Let’s race our slaves,” reads one message.
Avants said the district viewed the language used on social media as “intolerable,” and that “the fullest extent of disciplinary consequences available to us will be taken.”
On Monday, Avants said, district schools will have additional staff on hand to facilitate meetings with student groups affected by the messages.