Image from video showing the blurred-out face of one of the Grosse Pointe South High School students speaking about how he would treat black people if he were president.
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A Michigan community is outraged after high school students were seen in video saying horrific, racist things, prompting a widespread response at their school.

In an email sent to students, parents and teachers Wednesday, Grosse Pointe South High School Principal Moussa Hamka described the video, blasting it as "deplorable" and a clear violation of the school's code of conduct, the Detroit Free Press reports.


“Unfortunately, over the weekend a handful of Grosse Pointe teens, including three South students, chose to record a video that included offensive, racist statements regarding African Americans,” Hamka said in his email.

"Immediately after being made aware of the situation, South administration began contacting students and families [and] making appropriate decisions regarding consequences for those involved, including student separations from school," the principal added, saying that the majority of students at Grosse Pointe "do not accept and will not tolerate such bigotry."

Students in the video were reportedly interviewing one another about how they'd treat black people if elected U.S. president in 2040, South High senior Melba Dearing described.

"One of the answers was they should send black people back to Africa. And they said the only states where African Americans could go would be Maine and North Dakota and … Idaho, but then one said, 'Oh no, I like Idaho potatoes. Don't say that.'


"They looked like they were drunk, but that's no excuse. We just had an incident a few months ago, and we have all these things still happening. But I'm happy our principal addressed it," Dearing said.

In addition to saying they would send black people back to Africa, one student can be heard talking about branding and killing black people, and another said that he would reinstate slavery.


As the Free Press notes, this incident comes three months after several South High students posted photos of themselves at a party with the n-word written on their stomachs, sparking outcries about racism in the school district.


Read more at the Detroit Free Press.

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