Superintendent investigates racism claims at Bay City Western

(Source: WNEM)

Students at Bay City Western High School are continuing what they call a protest using Confederate flags.

Those students claim it’s their right to free speech, but a new video surfacing could show a much bigger issue.

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“I am upset though that this is a conversation we’re having in 2018,” Bay City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Bigelow said.

First it was the Confederate flags, now a racist Snapchat is adding to the tension at Bay City Western.

“It needs to stop,” said Janelle Zissler, parent.

The Snapchat videos shows the Confederate flags with the text “fly em high,” and somebody shouting the N-word.

“Kids hurt themselves over this. Kids kill themselves over this,” Zissler said. “If we send you a video of a student calling somebody an effing N-word, something should be done about that.”

Bigelow saw the Snapchat.

“First of all, I found that reprehensible,” Bigelow said.

He said they are investigating it and looking into other claims of racism at the high school.

“We need to get to the bottom of it,” Bigelow said.

He could not comment on if someone would be punished.

“This frustrates the community. When we talk about what type of discipline or what student got what discipline, that’s information that we’re never able to share,” Bigelow said.

He also commented on the Confederate flags.

“A lot of people are worried ‘does that reflect on what these students are thinking?’ That’s a concern of mine as well,” Bigelow said.

He said they can’t do anything about it because it’s not on school grounds. Bigelow said to remember, kids make bad choices.

“We’re dealing with kids and kids sometimes make really bad decisions,” he said.

Bigelow said he is working with the principal to find ways to further educate the students about racism.

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