By Kristinova V. Justimbaste , Christian Post Contributor
An Instagram video of five high school girls screaming racial slurs and profanities has gone viral, urging school administrators to investigate the offensive clip.
The five white teenage girls have been identified as students from Weber High School in Pleasant View, Utah. School administrators were made aware of the video when it started making rounds on social media.
In the 10-second clip, the group of senior and junior girls dropped expletives.
"We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video," a statement from the Weber School District reads. "School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously. We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media."
A report by KTVX stated that Utah, based on a study conducted by the FBI in 2013, had the most number of reported hate crimes among other states in the country with a history of hate crimes.
Jim Dabakis, a state senator, once said that the perpetuity of such crimes is due to Utah's ineffective actions, that the state does so little to fight them.
The school's initial findings from the investigation seem to suggest that an app generated such expletives. They believe that the girls may have uttered an incoherent phrase like "surgeon cuff" which barely makes sense. Moreover, they believe that the original clip was initially uploaded to the app which played it backwards and then produced the profanities.
Netizens took to social media to condemn the video, parents included. Many are convinced that the school is only trying to make excuses for the girls' misconduct.
The school has yet to determine how the students involved would be disciplined, but expulsion from the cheerleading squad is one of the possible consequences.