HAYWOOD COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Students and parents at Haywood High School staged a walkout Monday morning.
The protest comes after a series of racist remarks were captured on Snapchat and circulated on Sunday. The remarks include celebrating the man who killed Martin Luther King Jr., threatening to shoot black men, and threatening to hang people who like and/or associate with black people.
"They want to kill black people...anyone who loves black people. We were targeted," student Malik Green said.
Students said the social media posts surfaced after it became public that a baseball player was involved in an interracial relationship.
Some parents who joined the protest said they helped the students organize and plan a peaceful protest in order to get their frustrations heard and their message out.
"These kids are our leaders," one parent said. "This is our future. So, I'm proud of every one of these kids who are out here."
Haywood County Schools said it is investigating the posts.
Superintendent Joey Hassell released the following statement Monday:
Hassell later released another statement Monday night:
Students said they planned to continue protesting until they felt their concerns were properly addressed by the school system.