HOOVER, Ala., (WIAT) — According to Hoover district spokesperson Jason Gaston, students at Spain Park High School in Hoover met one grade level at a time, to talk about race and heard from the principal about the video and the hurt it has caused.
Afterward, students continued their class schedules. All teachers were encouraged to conduct classroom student discussions to continue the conversation.
The video shows a group of white students from Spain Park High talking about the Holocaust, Jewish people and African Americans, using the N-word multiple times.
“It’s disturbing and it’s tragic,” Dana Hodgson says. Hodgson is a parent at the school.
Since the video surfaced, activists Ladarius Hilliard has spoken out. “The protest will be even more intensified,” Hilliard said.
He says he’s saddended by the situation but the parents and the City of Hoover should be to blame.
“This is something that was taught from home, this is something that was taught from their environment,” Hilliard says.
The following is a statement released by Hoover City schools in reference to a viral video of high school students allegedly making racist and anti-Semitic comments.
Hoover City Schools states,
We have been made aware of a recently posted video that features Hoover School System students who appear to be engaged in disturbing conduct. The activity apparently took place this past weekend at a private residence. Although it was not part of any school function, the conduct in question is in direct conflict with our school system’s values and its mission. Our school administrators are carefully investigating the situation in order to assess our options under the Code of Student Conduct. In the meantime, the Hoover school community may be assured that the Board, together with its administrative and instructional staff, remains steadfastly committed to maintaining and strengthening a school culture that encourages and embraces diversity, inclusiveness, and tolerance.
The City of Hoover released an additional statement following the viral video of students allegedly making racist comments.
“The City of Hoover condemns racism and hatred in every form and at any place or time. We are deeply disturbed by a video that is currently circulating on social media. Our city is a place for all people to live, work and play in a safe environment.”
Frank V. Brocato
Mayor of Hoover