Students Fed Up With School Response To Racist Death Threats
School administration officials in Tennessee have been disciplined for their lax response to a group of white student-athletes who threatened to lynch black students on social media, local residents said.
Haywood High School Principal Dr. Jerry Pyron and assistant principal Tim Seymour were suspended pending an investigation for allowing members of the baseball team to write 10-page essays as punishment after they were caught discussing plans to hang black students in Snap chat group text. The students have been allowed to continue playing on the baseball team, residents told BOSSIP.
The chats were made public about two weeks ago, and the baseball team members allegedly planned to hang their black peers.
“So no go on stringing a n***er up?” a student said in the group chat messages, which were obtained by BOSSIP. “I say we hang the n***er lovers and make an example out of them,” another responds.
We’re told that Seymour and Pyron were disciplined for coming up with and then issuing the essay as a punishment to the players. We’ve contacted the Haywood County School District for comment.
“It’s the talk of the town,” recording artist Lil Will, who grew up in Brownsville and is a Haywood High alumni, said.
The racist texts and the school’s initial response prompted outrage from the students. About 200 walked out of class Monday to protest what they said was an outrage that set a dangerous precedent.
“Us high school students protested today,” student Maron Luff said. “A 10-page essay is not good enough. A white student who played a part in this apologized and then he started to laugh about it! This is unacceptable!”
We’ve reached out to Haywood County Schools Superintendent Joey Hassell. But in a statement, he’s asked for an in-depth investigation into the social media posts that will not only focus on the alleged perpetrators, but “those who were aware of the posts and failed to report pursuant to the Haywood County Board of Education policies and procedures.”