ENID, Okla. — Enid High School administrators have taken disciplinary action against students involved in a SnapChat group that was determined to have used racially inappropriate and threatening language.
EHS Principal Dudley Darrow notified parents of the situation via email.
"On Friday, a student made EHS administrators aware of a SnapChat group that included racially inappropriate and threatening language," Darrow said. "The threat did not mention the school nor was it school-related, but it was disturbing and concerning. We took the matter extremely seriously and began working immediately with local law enforcement to address the situation."
Darrow said Enid Police Department is investigating the chat, which included comments from a small number of EHS students, as well as at least one minor who is not an EPS student.
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, the Oklahoma State Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for an “immediate and transparent” investigation regarding the EHS incident.
According to the NCAAP, individuals including Enid High School students created a group Snapchat labeled “Jiggaboos,” a racial slur, at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, when they were not at school. During the SnapChat session, group members encourage one to “just type it” at which point he responded “let all (N-word) die.”
The release states that students and parents who reported the incident to the school and police believed their concerns for the safety of their children were not taken seriously.
“Oklahoma State Conference, NAACP take these complaints very seriously and look forward to working with the school and the community to ensure that everyone is transparent concerning these matters,” Anthony R. Douglas, president of the state conference, said in the release.
The state conference, NAACP, encouraged all students to report incidents involving racism to their school administrators and that the group “remains ever vigilant and ever ready to fight back.”
Federal privacy laws prohibit the district from discussing the specifics of the disciplinary action taken, Darrow said. EHS administrators are continuing to investigate the situation and will cooperate with EPD in the investigation.
"Fortunately, we also have our EPS Police Department officers available on campus to assist with any needs or safety concerns as well," Darrow said. "The safety and well-being of our students is our greatest priority. Intolerance of others and threatening behavior will not be tolerated by Enid High School or Enid Public Schools. It is our mission and responsibility to ensure every school offers a safe and welcoming environment for every student, where they learn and thrive, as well as experience respect from the staff and their fellow students."