Words: Steve Brown
Two US high school students have been suspended for allegedly burning a Pride flag and shouting, ‘All gays die’ in a Snapchat video.
The two students from a school in Utah were reported to Granite School District officials on Monday (June 17) when someone posted the video on social media, according to ABC News.
The coach of the school football team told the local TV station, KSTU: “There’s no place for that in our program at all, and it won’t be tolerated.
“It’s potentially a hate crime, so it sickens me. We have one rule in our program and that is not to embarrass yourself, your family or your team and, obviously, that rule was broken. So, there’s got to be consequences for that.”
According to spokesperson for the school district, Ben Horsely, police have been notified and are investigating the incident.
He said: “We are having police look at it to ensure that there is no criminal implications.
“Looking at the video, whether if it was intended as a joke or as a serious and broad threat against LGBTQ individuals, it’s still a reprehensible act.
“We need to condemn hatred and bigotry wherever we see it.
“We want those two individuals to understand the implications of their actions and educate them on why it’s inappropriate.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, the goal of our football team, the goal of our schools, is to create respectful, caring, empathetic individuals with high character and moral standards. And obviously, this type of activity is not conducive for that.”