Two Georgia high school students were expelled after a racist video they filmed went viral.
The video was originally posted on TikTok on Thursday but it circulated quickly after someone reposted it on Twitter, reported The Times-Georgian. The 50-second-long clip features two teens, a boy and a girl, sharing a supposed recipe for creating a Black person.
Their names were not released due to their ages but they attended Carrollton High School in the eponymous Georgia town in the outer western Atlanta suburbs. The male said the N-word and the term was also written on a piece of paper sitting in a bathroom sink. They poured cups of water down the drain to represent ingredients, which were written on pieces of notebook paper.
“Today, we’re making,” the girl began before the boy cut her off with the slur.
They started with the most obvious component, Black, and poured a water in the sink. Two more ingredients, “don’t have a dad,” and “eating watermelon and fried chicken,” followed. The next cup, representing “making good choices,” was empty.
“There’s nothing there,” the girl noted.
The following note stated Black people are more likely to rob someone and the male added, “especially whites,” before they dispensed more water.
The last message mentioned Black people were more likely to go to jail. Not only did another cup of water go down the tap, they turned on the faucet and let it fill the bowl. The duo also added a few pumps of hand soap.
Before it was eventually deleted, the clip was viewed more than 2 million times and retweeted about 35,000 times. The video became so popular that “Carrollton” was trending on Friday. Even though the former students’ names were not published through official channels, many tweets repeated two names attributed to the pair.
“White People are at it again. I don’t wanna hear sh-t about them being teenagers. Y’all don’t give black CHILDREN a break,” wrote Dee Smith Jr.
“The fact that those Carrollton Kids got expelled on their day off is entertaining. Oh well,” tweeted Chayla Rae.
“I feel like the racist #Carrollton kids will apologize and play the victim card in next few days,” warned another critic only known as themicandme. “Just remember that they prepared for the racist video. They have props and wrote and say the words. So it’s not a mistake, it’s intentional and post it publicly. They meant it.”
Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Mark Albertus investigated the incident and announced the teens had been expelled on Friday afternoon.
“The racist behavior observed in the video easily violates this standard. They are no longer students at Carrollton High School,” he said in a statement.
“This incident does not reflect the culture of Carrollton City Schools,” Albertus continued. “We are very proud of our diversity and so is our entire community. We don’t need to lose sight of this important attribute because of the actions of a few.”
Carrollton High Principal David Brooks told the AJC he didn’t care if the video wasn’t filmed on school grounds because “it doesn’t alleviate the students’ responsibility to uphold a high standard of behavior.”
“It is our priority to keep our schools safe, and there is no doubt this incident has caused significant tension at Carrollton High School, across the district, state and nation — even the world,” he added.
The former students were seniors who were supposed to graduate this spring.
“The students are no longer enrolled in our school district,” a district spokeswoman said. “Our school year has not yet ended, so they will not be graduates of Carrollton High School.”