Liberty High School student posts racist video

A video showed a female student doing a cheer spelling “KKK.”

A video of a Liberty High School (LHS) student using racist language has caused community backlash and a statement from the Issaquah School District (ISD).

KNKX first reported on the video on Tuesday, Jan. 28, detailing a Snapchat where a female LHS student did a cheer spelling out “KKK,” using the n-word and mentioning hanging black people. The video circulated through Snapchat throughout the high school community.

In early December, LHS principal Sean Martin sent out an email to families asking them to talk with students about not further sharing the video.

“We want to maintain and preserve an inclusive, welcoming, focused learning environment. We appreciate your support in helping us to do this,” Martin said in the email.

Martin said the school began looking into the video immediately.

On Jan. 26, ISD released a statement on the video after speaking to news media, calling it “unacceptable.”

The district also said it is unable to disclose disciplinary actions for specific students, but explained the steps taken to determine discipline in these sorts of cases, and for athletes.

“This often leaves community members unsatisfied as they naturally want to know what happened,” the district said in the release. “Our sincere hope and what we are working toward is to create a school culture where this kind of hate speech does not occur.”

The district statement goes on to say that hate speech “is very challenging for public schools” and that removing a student “is not a small action.” The video was not taken on school property.

LHS is near Renton but within the Issaquah School District. The district this year added equitable conduct language into student handbooks, and last spring the district held facilitated listening sessions with the school board for community members of color to share their experiences after a separate racist incident, previously reported on by Issaquah Reporter.

“We have a lot of work to do, but we are engaged and putting in every effort to make our schools a safe and welcoming place for all students,” the statement reads.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

More in News

Homeless man shot, killed at encampment

Renton Police are asking for information or witnesses

Courtesy of Renton Schools. Through a mentor program between local students and car dealerships, involving Renton School District Career Technical Education (CTE) worksite learning coordinators, nonprofit Mentor Washington and Communities in Schools Renton-Tukwila, students are getting both careers and a friendly hand on stepping into the adulthood. Pictured: First mentee in the program Nick Romo, who has gone on to continue his career after the program and is nearly a master technician, in a video about the program.
Dealing kids a better future

Local car dealerships mentor Renton students for future careers

Courtesy of City of Renton. The Cedar River Trail experienced a significant undermining, and much of the bank was gone after flooding over the weekend, some of it just feet away from the paved trail.
River flooding pushes Renton to the limits

Heavy rains and rising waters could cost Renton millions

Courtesy of City of Renton. Site area for the Park Avenue North extension, a project from the city and SECO development that creates a second access point for Southport.
SECO expands its reach

Two new land acquisitions will expand Southport

Federal Way resident Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens, 17, died Jan. 27, 2017. Courtesy photo
Law enforcement challenges report on sting operation that killed Federal Way teen

King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight’s findings rattle Sheriff’s Office, police union.

Unstable housing? Apply for Section 8

Applications open in February for housing vouchers

In 2018, the city of Seattle approved and then repealed a head tax within a month. It would have levied a $275 per employee tax on businesses grossing more than $20 million annually. Sound Publishing file photo
County head tax bill passes committee

Bill would let King County levy a tax on businesses to fund housing and address homelessness.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill of the 2020 legislative session into law. On the right stands the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, who is wearing a red tie. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service
Gov. Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education

Law shifts a portion of the tax burden to large tech companies.

Photo courtesy of AIFF Local 864. Just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 a five-vehicle collision on Interstate 405 (I-405) North between Renton and Tukwila halted evening traffic and caused an involved semi truck to catch fire.
Residents hurt in two crashes over the weekend

Two severe accidents over the weekend in Renton destroyed vehicles and left… Continue reading

Most Read