Cheerleaders under fire after 'racist' chanting video emerges

Weber High School

A video posted on Instagram that appears to show five teen girls taking turns shouting an expletive and racial slur has led the Weber School District to investigate and has generated fierce backlash online. In the video, the group of junior and senior girls scream "f**k n**gers" while smiling and laughing.

The Instagram video, captioned "serggin cuff", quickly went viral after it landed on Twitter from an outraged friend who came across the recording.

"We also wish to remind everyone that these are kids, and sometimes kids do really stupid things without thinking", the school district said. Some defended them, saying they were young and were challenged to say gibberish that when played backward, resulted in the offensive video.

Many students who viewed the video have claimed that regardless of whether the girls were saying "surgeon cuff" or "f*ck n***ers", the intention is the same. While they confirmed three of the girls in the video are cheerleaders, there is no indication the footage was filmed during extra-curricular activities.

"We just want people to know it will be taken very seriously, and appropriate action will be taken". 'The video was then possibly uploaded into an app that plays it backwards, producing an entirely different sounding phrase.

The 10-second footage shows five girls in a auto, laughing as they repeatedly chant profanity and a racial slur.

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'Certainly, there are no excuses for this type of behavior, but they are still children in a sense and hopefully this will be a learning experience for them and others'.

At the same time, district officials have discussed a possible need to protect the teens in the video, Findlay said. "They did it, and they posted it", she said.

The girls have been slammed as "disgusting" by social media users who said they "knew what they were doing".

While punishment for the students hasn't been made clear, Findlay told the Tribune that everything from counseling to expulsion could be handed down, and the cheerleaders icould be kicked off the team. "Racism, whether intentional or not, has no place in our schools or society".

Findlay said that the students have been "very apologetic" for the video, but would be held accountable.

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