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Isle of Wight Academy said it has disciplined three seniors who made a video for a school project using “blackface” to depict a black character.
The private school, located across the street from Isle of Wight County’s administrative offices, issued a statement Tuesday after talk of the video made rounds on Twitter the day before.
It went on to say, “Isle of Wight Academy is a school that welcomes people of all races into its family.”
The video was presented three weeks ago in a senior government class, according to Vaughn. The assignment was to create a video that explained “landmark cases” that had been tried before the Supreme Court.
“This particular group chose Mapp v. Ohio, a case that dealt with evidence being admissible in court cases,” Vaughan’s official statement said. “One of the students portrayed herself as an African American woman, one of the principal characters in the case.”
The three students responsible for the video were disciplined immediately after it was presented, Vaughan said. He declined to say what the punishment was, citing privacy issues. Her Twitter bio says she lives in Miami and is the founder of a blog called “Feminist Culture.”
She tweeted screenshots from the video and a 16 second clip that shows three people, including two girls, talking at a kitchen table. The person dressed in ‘blackface’ makeup and a shower cap is being questioned by the others and is yelling for most of the short clip. Monday.
Moncado also tweeted, “So I just got an email from a student who’s [sic] classmates did a video with an immense amount of highly offensive blackface and said that the school took the side of the students who made the video r [sic] expelling any students who speak out or distribute the video of blackface.”
Vaughan’s statement said that no students who expressed concerns over the video were ever threatened with expulsion or other forms of discipline.
The man who has taught the class for the past ten years has never come across a similar incident, Vaughan said.
“This is the first incident that we’ve ever had related to this project,” Vaughan said over the phone. “But we have discussed the project going forward, and (the teacher) is going to make some changes and clarify some things so nothing like this ever happens again.”