Students identified in 'disturbing' social media video in Caroline

Students identified in 'disturbing' social media video in Caroline

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - Officials with Caroline County Public Schools say students involved in a "disturbing" social media have been identified and "the matter is being appropriately addressed."

On Monday morning, a spokesman with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office said it is working with other local, state and federal officials in tracking down who made the social media post on Friday.

"CCSO will continue to work together in providing a safe environment for our students as that is our number one priority," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post on Monday.

Caroline school spokeswoman Debra Holt said the administration was made aware of the video Friday afternoon after a parent raised concerns.

"We need help around here," said Calvin Kay, a Caroline County Public School parent. "All this stuff needs to stop."

Kay gets emotional thinking about what his son now has to deal with in school.

A racist Snapchat video surfaced on social media late last week, causing concern among many parents in Caroline County.

NBC12 chose not to share the video because of the offensive content, but Kay wanted to explain why it was so disturbing for his family.

"[He] say n***** this and n***** that, and that the only thing a n***** can do is pull a plow and pick cotton," he said.

"It's not right," said Calvin Kay Jr., a fifth grader at Madison Elementary. "You don't need to do that. We weren't put here for that."

Calvin stayed home from school Monday, because his dad didn't feel comfortable sending him to school after hearing the disturbing racists remarks in the video aimed at African Americans.

"I don't want to see my son get killed," Kay said. "I don't think nobody else does."

Several parents commented on the sheriff's office Facebook post about keeping their children out of school.

In a statement provided to NBC12, Holt said all students involved in the matter have been identified. At least one of them attends Caroline County High School.

"When is it going to stop? Kay asked. "It keeps going on and on and on."

"My parents raised me to not think of color, think of how they feel and how they act," Calvin said.

The family says Calvin will return to school Tuesday. They are asking the sheriff's office to do a thorough investigation in order to keep all students safe.

On Monday, the sheriff's office had an increased presence at Caroline High School, "and the day was without incident. We thank all CHS students and families who brought this concerning social media post to our attention in a timely manner."

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