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UNC field hockey recruit allegedly is one of two girls using a racial slur in a video

A screenshot of a video posted to social media in which two people use a racial slur several times.
A screenshot of a video posted to social media in which two people use a racial slur several times. TWITTER

A Pennsylvania field hockey player committed to UNC-Chapel Hill is allegedly one of two young women shown using a racial slur in a video that went viral on social media.

The video tweet, posted by user @__kayren Tuesday, surpassed a half million views on Friday.

The tweet, a recording of an Instagram video by an account that has since been deleted, shows two girls using the N-word several times.

The user’s post says “these two girls go to Conestoga High School with me.”

Others who shared the tweet claim the girl pictured to the right in the video is Charlotte de Vries, who philfieldhockey.com lists as a Conestoga ( Berwin, Pa.) junior who committed to UNC as a sophomore in the fall of 2016.

The Daily Tar Heel and ABC11 both published reports identifying Charlotte de Vries as one of the women in the video.

Both UNC and the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District near Philadelphia issued statements regarding the post, but neither would confirm to The News & Observer if de Vries is one of the girls in the video.

UNC doesn’t comment on recruits, but a university spokesperson did offer the following statement: “This video does not include a UNC student. We condemn the use of racial slurs in any setting.”

The News & Observer tried multiple times but was unable to reach de Vries family in Pennsylvania.

Richard Gusick, the superintendent of the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District, issued a statement Thursday regarding “a social media video posted by two Conestoga High School students containing racially offensive language.”

“Although this video was not made during school, it has hurt and offended many in our school community,” Gusick wrote. “This is unacceptable behavior, and it will not be tolerated. The school will investigate fully and apply consequences as appropriate.”

USA Field Hockey issued a statement on Friday, but did not name de Vries.

"USA Field Hockey is aware of the discriminatory remark made by an athlete from one of our junior national teams and has suspended this individual as we review the situation further. USA Field Hockey does not tolerate any behavior that is not inclusive and respectful to all."

USA Field Hockey declined to name de Vries when asked by The News & Observer on Sunday. A spokesperson said only: "The athlete concerned is a minor so we are not commenting further, including releasing her name."

Among the many people objecting to the video on Twitter was Nate Britt, a member of the Tar Heels’ 2017 national championship basketball team.

Staff writer Camila Molina contributed to this report.

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