A now viral video captured high schoolers in New Hampshire singing an outstandingly racist rendition of “ Jingle Bells.” Just how bad are we talking? As reported by Buzzfeed News, the song is about the KKK. In case there’ s any doubt, they literally sing, “KKK, KKK, let’s kill all the blacks” to the Jingle Bells tune.
Two students are recorded singing, while a number of students around them laugh. The video first circulated in their local community, and has gone viral since News Center Maine picked it up.
John Carver, the teacher, has been placed on paid leave, according to what Superintendent William Harbron told BuzzFeed News. Habron wrote a letter to the local community, in which he attempted to explain how this song came to be.
The song was apparently ”part of a classroom assignment dealing with reconstruction period in American history.” In his letter, he continued:
“We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families and staff. Administration from Dover High School and the District are working with students and the school community to respond immediately and effectively to this insensitivity.”
How will the students be disciplined? ”At this point in time, we don’t know enough,” Harbron said to Buzzfeed. “We need to delve deeper to fully understand the purpose of the assignment and what guidance was given to students.”
Meaning there is at least a possibility that students won’t be punished at all for singing “kill all blacks.” Assignment or not, it’s worth remembering that these students are reportedly high schoolers. As teenagers, it’s reasonable to expect that they would know better. The racial insensitivity—if not outright violence—of the language in their song is beyond disturbing.
The incredibly poor judgment of the teacher, of course, speaks for itself.
The incident also rings back to the viral picture of a group of high school boys appearing to give the Nazi salute in a picture taken during their prom. As of now, these students will similarly receive no punishment.
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