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Video of n-word hangman game sparks death threats for Pennsylvania high school students

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Video of n-word hangman game sparks death threats for Pennsylvania high school students


High school students in Pennsylvania’s Hollidays­burg Area School District are receiving death threats after a video of them playing hangman and using the n-word circulated online.

According to the Altoona Mirror, “the video shows a portion of a hangman game and shows one student filling in the puzzle as others call out letters and are heard laughing. The answer was the n-word.”

Hollidaysburg Superintendent Bob Gildea issued a statement about the video:

The Hollidays­burg Area School District community is deeply disturbed by the offensive actions and related so­cial media posting, which ap­pears to have originated from one of our students. We have been in contact with local law enforcement and swift and appropriate action will be im­posed on those re­spon­sible. This behavior is an embarrassment to our students, staff and community, and we sincerely apologize for all who are offended by the abhorrent behavior of those involved,”

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Death Threats

One of the students in the video, who claims to be getting death threats, posted an apology on Facebook, according to the Altoona Mirror.

Facebook Post:
“I am genuinely sorry for my actions at school today. I’m not a racist. I have many black friends and I shouldn’t have used that word. I’m a stupid kid and I was just trying to be funny. I know now that it is not funny and I’m very sorry to anyone offended by the post. It was a dumb mistake and was only to be pointed at one person. Which he is a very good friend of mine. I have no problem with any races. I am a lover of all people. (Name removed) was the one that recorded it which I had no idea he recorded it. I’m very sorry. It was never meant to get out to the public. This isn’t right that (Name removed) and I are getting death threats. I have realized how big I messed up. I am friends with tons of black people and I work with a bunch. This has gotten out of hand and shouldn’t have happened at all. There was no teacher in the room. I am very sorry to the ones that I offended and everyone that is involved in this.”

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When a commenter questioned the sincerity of the apology, the original poster reiterated being fearful of the death threats. “It is a genuine apology. I’m sorry you think that way. The police are involved. I’m getting what was coming my way. Can’t take all these death threats,” wrote the Facebook user.

School administrators have launched an investigation and are specifically trying to determine whether or not a teacher was in the room when video was being made.

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