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Mesa student sends racist Snapchat photo of classmate, school officials say

Posted: 9:30 PM, Mar 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-10 11:51:25-05

Officials at Skyline High School in Mesa are responding after a student allegedly shared a picture of her classmate on social media and included a racist comment.

Multiple viewers reached out to ABC15 on Thursday after screenshots of a Snapchat picture went viral online.

A teen girl allegedly sent a photo to her Snapchat friends of an African American classmate and used a racial slur to describe him.


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Helen Hollands, Director of Communications and Marketing for Skyline High School, shared with ABC15 a letter that was sent home to parents and guardians on Thursday afternoon.

Skyline High Principal Tom Brennan said administrators were made aware of the picture and the inappropriate caption. He included that immediate disciplinary actions have been taken regarding the situation.

The letter went on to include that the actions of the teen aren’t a reflection of the students and staff at Skyline.

“To be a Skyline Coyote is an honor and a privilege, and with this privilege comes some important responsibilities. Including treating others with respect and being accountable for our actions,” Brennan said in the letter.

He also said that any behavior that doesn’t reinforce the campus as a safe environment for everyone will “have significant consequences.”