A student video from a Saint Clair Shores high school is being called racist

For those of you at home, I know what you're thinking, some of you are already ticked off over this video, others are outraged over the fact that people are outraged over this video. Regardless of where you fall on the sentiment scale, most will probably agree on a couple of things: 1. the kids who saw this video and those who are in it are going to be okay; 2. this video in a school setting, was undoubtedly inappropriate.

It comes as no surprise that what was clearly meant as a joke, is not tickling everyone's funny bone.

Do you think that could be taken the wrong way? "Yeah, definitely, I can see that."

This student film Skittles commercial for the school's video announcements was broadcast through the entire student body at Lake Shore High School Wednesday. In it, a black student sporting a hoodie holds up a bank for a bag of Skittles. 

"They didn't have to have her rob a bank for Skittles."

Something else comes to mind when you combine the black youth, the hoodie and Skittles. 

"Especially thinking about Trayvon Martin situation, people probably think they're trying to portray black people as being only thieves and stuff. I took it that way. You've got to think about stuff that's happened in the past," said Chandler Johnson.

"If you take it that way, I can understand how you see it like that, but I think it's the wrong way," said Micah Stone. "They took it the wrong way."

And to be fair, that was the case for most Lake Shore students we spoke with.

"I don't think it was intentionally put in a bad way at all. I think that there is no hurtfulness in it," said Evan Hazlett.

Sofia Lazur said "I didn't think it was that bad, but they could have done it differently."

The teacher who gave the video the green light was unavailable for comment. A parent sent us this email from Lake Shore Principal Dr. Joe DiPonio: "Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I did not see today's announcements and will certainly review the skit you are referring to and address both the staff and students involved. Racism and promotion of violence or criminal activity is contrary to the values we work hard to teach our students and any behavior opposite of this is dealt with, with the utmost seriousness."

We reached out to the Lake Shore School Superintendent who says he has not seen this video, but the district is investigating. It's worth mentioning that all of these student-produced videos are posted on YouTube. This one was no exception, but it was immediately taken down after it was posted.    
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