Columbus’ St. Anne-Pacelli parent speaks about recent video of student using racial slurs

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Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 5:35 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 13, 2023 at 5:30 PM EDT
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected since its original publishing on Friday, March 10 to include a statement provided by a school spokeswoman on Thursday, March 9. Additionally, the report has been corrected to state the video was circulated among high school students at lunchtime and not middle school students.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A parent is reacting to a video of a Pacelli high school student using racial and homophobic slurs.

In the video, a student repeatedly said two derogatory words back to back -- one being the ‘n-word’ and the other referring to a person’s sexual orientation in a very vulgar manner.

WTVM contacted the school on Thursday, March 9 for a response to the incident. A school spokeswoman provided a statement that evening and told WTVM disciplinary measures were being taken:

“Our school administrators were made aware today of a video of one of our students using racial slurs. St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School has a zero tolerance policy for hate speech. This type of behavior does not align with our school’s core values of faith, honesty, loyalty and respect. The parents of the student who filmed/distributed the video and the student who said the racial slurs have been contacted and disciplinary measures have been taken.”

A school spokeswoman tells us the video was airdropped by a high school student to several other high school students during lunchtime.

Lacarshia Roper has a child who attends the private Catholic school and says the school isn’t doing enough to keep this type of behavior from continuing to happen.

“They need to have some sensitivity training when it comes to dealing with different types of people,” said the parent. “This is not showing Black students and other students that they matter. Because there were two different racial slurs made, and that’s really showing students that fall in those categories but by other names... they’re showing them they are nothing to them.”

WTVM was informed Friday afternoon by a school spokeswoman that the student in the video no longer attends the school.

Pacelli released a statement to parents addressing the incident.