BEDFORD, Mass. – After students played a video promoting racial stereotypes during the morning announcements, school administrators are dismissing it as a “teachable moment.”
A group of students at Bedford High School who produce “BHS Live” created a video called “Sh*t White People Say,” which played off racial stereotypes allegedly held by their white peers.
It featured a black girl wearing a blonde wig, several school employees and a number of minority students.
It warns white students to “NOT ASSume” things about their black classmates.
“I’m very offended by what I saw,” parent Bob Marshall tells Fox 25. “It was a very disgusting video, very hurtful video.”
“A lot of them were upset by what they saw,” Marshall he says of students who watched it during morning announcements.
“I’m shocked that a video like that could be displayed and that nobody oversaw it.”
School administrators are pleading ignorance.
In a letter sent home to parents after the incident, the school’s principal says, ” … there has not been a vetting process of videos for BHS Live. Therefore, the video was not previewed by any administrator, student or teacher surrounding BHS Live. A protocol for vetting student videos is being developed.”
That seems a little hard to believe, given that three adults participated in the production.
Superintendent John Sills says while “it was framed in a way that was offensive,” it was a positive thing that the video spurred “conversations.”
That’s not good enough for Marshall.
According to the superintendent, no employees will face disciplinary action.