Community asks why Chappaqua SD took months to address racist TikTok video by students

A six-second TikTok video from Chappaqua is going viral for all the wrong reasons.

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2020, 9:46 PM

Updated 1,439 days ago

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A six-second TikTok video from Chappaqua is going viral for all the wrong reasons.
The racist video involves several Horace Greeley high schoolers, and the community wants to know why the school district took months to publicly address the incident.
This social media post shows a group of white Horace Greeley students saying the N-word.
The original video was posted in February and resurfaced last week.
 
Teddy Graves is a 2013 graduate of Greeley and one of a handful of black students his year.
"I remember white people judging my blackness. I remember how it feels to not fit people's perceptions of blackness and having that discredit you from being 'black,'" he says.
The question many in the community and alumni are asking is why did it take months after the district handled it internally to finally address it publicly?
"The school did not send out a notice to families about the video in February because the students were held accountable for their behavior," says Chappaqua Central School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Ackerman.
On Monday, Dr.Ackerman said the district handles incidents internally daily.
Students reportedly got a two-day suspension.
The Chappaqua Board of Education put out a social justice plan, which includes adding more black history to the school curriculum, professional development for faculty, and hiring a more diverse staff.
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