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NAACP responds to Central High School students chanting racial slur on Snapchat

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/ WTVM) (Source: Sharifa Jackson/ WTVM)

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A Snapchat video of Central High and Central Freshman Academy students in Phenix City is sparking controversy after surfacing online.

The video believed to originally be posted May 18, showing five students spelling, and chanting the ‘N’ word repeatedly.

Some parents and students are showing outrage over the video and prompting a response from the Phenix City/Russell County Chapter of NAACP.

Rev. Alfonza Seldon, president of the local NAACP chapter held a press conference outside the Phenix City Board of Education Monday morning.

The organization says they are speaking out and requesting disciplinary actions will be held, as well as sensitivity and diversity training for students, parents, and staff within the district.

“This type of behavior contributes to the social imbalance that continues to negatively impact our communities as a whole. We are here to serve notice this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” said Seldon during the press conference.

News Leader 9’s Sharifa Jackson spoke with Randy Wilkes, Superintendent of Phenix City Schools following the presser.

Wilkes calling the incident 'terribly offensive' and 'intolerable,' but says no further disciplinary action will be taken since the incident did not occur on school grounds.

“This did not happen on school campus, did not have any affiliation with the school system. So, this matter would be outside of our jurisdiction," said WIlkes.

Wilkes says sensitivity training is already being performed throughout the district and they plan to reinforce their policies to the students in light of this event.

The Central High School and principal and Central Freshman Academy principals did meet with students and parents to discuss their behavior. 

Wilkes says any further actions is between parents and students involved.

The local NAACP leader, Rev. Seldon says this issue should not be ignored.

“These things like this, I know people would like for it to stay covered, up, but when you put it out on social media, it’s already out there," said Rev. Seldon.

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