CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Students at Whitney Young High School on Chicago’s Near West Side are reporting racially charged incidents, saying it is part of a growing culture.
Two videos are circulating on social media among students. They were each captured last week and are sending school and CPS administrators scrambling into action.
In blurred cell phone video obtained by FOX 32, two students, who we're told are from Whitney Young, can be seen riding in a car while one of them sings rap lyrics using the "N-word."
"It's kind of offensive, but I feel like a lot of people do it,” one student said.
In a second video, an image obtained by FOX 32 shows one student talking to another on FaceTime, as someone behind the girl holds a swastika.
Principal Joyce Kenner addressed the issue in a letter to the school community, writing the school "does not tolerate hate speech and condemns anti-Semitism in all forms."
In a separate statement, she directs students not to talk about, or it "may lead" to discipline.
"I feel like it was a little harsh how it got handled,” another student said.
Parents picking up their kids knew of neither incident.
"It was a mistake, and people learn from their mistakes,” one parent said.
The school’s principal also wrote she has spoken with the students involved in the swastika incident, and their parents.
CPS says the video is "unacceptable" and that it was handled according to their policy. They were unable to get into details because of what they said are student privacy issues.