A video posted to Instagram and Twitter by a Wake Forest High School student showing an altercation between two students and a teacher has been shared thousands of times.
The video, posted to Instagram on Friday by Tyler Goodell, who identified himself as a Wake Forest High School student on his Instagram page, shows a black student pulling a white student to the floor before a female teacher intervenes. Attempts to contact Goodell on social media were not immediately returned.
The video contains profanity.
In his Instagram post, Goodell gave his version of the context of the incident. He said the black student, a friend named Micah, was defending himself against racial harassment that Goodell says has been going on for months with no action from the school.
Goodell said that Micah and a student who was harassing him argued last week and that the white student threatened Micah and his family before using a racial slur against him. Goodell also said that the teacher in the video provoked Micah and that the teacher claimed that Micah hit her.
Micah was suspended for more than 10 days, Goodell said in his post, but the student who allegedly harassed him received no punishment.
Wake Forest High principal Patti Hamler left a voicemail message Sunday night with parents telling them that school administrators are aware of the video and are investigating the situation. She also encouraged parents who have concerns to contact the school.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage your children to not share rumors,” Hamler said. “If your child has information to share, they should contact an administrator directly.
“We strive each day to create a positive learning environment and take every measure to ensure the safety of our students.
Twitter users have hounded the WCPSS Twitter account demanding an explanation, calling for action or criticizing the school system over the alleged incident.
“School officials are aware of the video and are investigating,” said Timothy Simmons, Wake County Public Schools chief communications officer. “Federal student privacy laws prohibit us from discussing details of individual cases.”