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Clark County School District, Palo Verde HS respond to student's racist video

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Posted at 4:30 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 17:22:01-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A racist video has been seen making the rounds on social media this week. The video was initially posted on Snapchat, and it involves Palo Verde High School.

The student in the video can be heard saying derogatory language aimed at African Americans. It is believed that the male student was reciting the lyrics of a song but that didn’t make it any more acceptable for some people.

Thursday, the Clark County School District responded saying it is looking into the situation and the video appeared to be not filmed on the school’s campus with this statement:

“A parent message was sent yesterday evening to all Palo Verde HS parents regarding the inappropriate content in the video even though it was not filmed at school.”

Also, Palo Verde High School Principal Darren Sweikert also released the following statement about the video:

"As principal of Palo Verde High School, my top priority is to ensure your child is safe at school and to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community.

This evening, I received several SafeVoice messages containing a video that is inappropriate and consists of racial content. Behavior like this will not be tolerated at our school nor anywhere in the Clark County School District.

While no direct threat has been made to our school or specific students, this kind of dialogue is unacceptable.

Please encourage your children to report any concerning situations or videos to SafeVoice, a school administrator, or to law enforcement instead of re-posting it on social media.

Thank you for your continued support. It is only with your help and talking with your children that we can become aware of potential concerns and take proper action to protect our campus.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 702-799-1450."

This video comes on the heels of the district and parents dealing with racial threats earlier in the school year at Arbor View High School.

RELATED: CCSD, parents discuss recent racist threats at Arbor View HS

And, also this week, an anti-Semitic note was left at a student's desk at Edmundo Escobedo Middle School.

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School district officials did not immediately say what, if any, discipline the student in this most recent video might be facing.