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White Knoll High School students expelled for producing video reenacting George Floyd's murder

White Knoll, SC 11/05/2021 (Paul Kirby) – Four White Knoll High School students have been expelled for the remainder of the 2021/22 school year as a result of a Tik-Tok video they produced. According to the school, in the video, the students reenacted the murder of George Floyd. George Floyd was killed while being restrained and taken into custody by Minneapolis police officers in May of 2021. One of the officers, Derek Chauvin, has already been tried and sentenced in his death.


Although the video was not created at school, no district A.V. equipment was involved in its production, and it was shared outside of normal school hours, the school’s administrators described it as, “unacceptable and disturbing.” In a statement released to parents of White Knoll students, the administration said the actions of these students negatively impact their school and all of its students.

“We strongly condemn the actions of these students,” said Dr. Greg Little, District One’s Superintendent. “Racism, in any form, will not be tolerated by our students or staff and will be addressed immediately.”


The district’s statement went on to say, “We understand watching and processing this video will be emotional for some students, staff members and families. Our school counselors are here to offer support.”


The district has since partnered with Lexington County Community Mental Health Center and have arranged for additional support for their students, staff and families.


For adults wanting to talk to someone regarding this incident, please call 803-996-1500, press “0” and ask to speak to a crisis counselor.


For students wanting to talk to someone regarding this incident, please call 803-359-7206, press “0” and ask to speak to a crisis counselor.



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