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High school students in Tennessee staged a walk out over alleged racist threats


Several hundred students and community members from Haywood High School in Brownsville, TN, walked out of class to demand action after members of the school’s baseball team allegedly posted graphic, racist messages against black students on social media.

According to a student who contacted WREG in Memphis, members of the baseball team posted messages to social media, using a racist expletive to describe black students and referencing "stringing" them up.

Pictures of the racist messages, which were allegedly posted in a Snapchat conversation, in which a number of students discuss “stringing a n*gger up,” and “hang[ing] the n*gger lover.”

The students said they were protesting the lack of action by school administrators, who ordered the students who sent the message to write a 10-page paper as punishment.

Haywood County Schools Superintendent Joey Hassell, released a statement on the the district's Facebook page saying he was made aware of a social media post Sunday and has requested a detailed report of the investigation by the school.

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