GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Nearly one week since video of a racist rant received hundreds of thousands of views on the Internet, one of the girls in the video is issuing an apology.
The two teens went to Gainesville High School but withdrew after the video filled with negative slurs against African-Americans went worldwide and sparked a lot of anger.
One excerpt from the video reads: "Not a lot of black kids graduate from my school. They don't make a living for themselves. They just drop out of school and are like, 'Oh, I'm just gonna have kids, I'm gonna get my GED, I'm gonna live off my welfare check, I'm gonna work at McDonald's if I keep having my babies. Shanquia, Laqua and Shaqua-qua, I'll keep getting my welfare check for having my babies."
The video received hundreds of thousands of views and comments online. It was still the most popular story on the Huffington Post blog Thursday.
"There's no place for that in the Alachua County school system, and in my mind, no place for that in society in general," Gainesville High Principal David Shelnutt said when the girl's withdrew from school.
A few days later, another very similar video surfaced out of South Florida. There's no word from the teens responsible for that one, but the Gainesville students and their parents have issued a written apology and asked for forgiveness. The girl seen in the video sitting on the right even uploaded a video to YouTube, the site that got her in so much trouble, saying she was sorry.
"I wasn't thinking that this many people would have ever seen it or would have ever gotten hurt by it, and I'm so sorry to everyone who did," she said.
Psychologist Deena Richman said the girls in the video are rightfully ashamed of what they posted, and it's a teaching moment for other parents.
"For the older kids like the high school students, you could actually show them the video and what do they think about it, how do they feel and what's wrong about doing this?" Richman said.
She said the videos may be too inappropriate to show younger children, but that doesn't mean parents can't talk about the issues at hand.
"I think it's an excellent opportunity and a good example for parents to use to let their children know that they need to be careful what they post on the Internet and also just to review with them facts about prejudices and they still exist and that all people are equal," Richman said.
Shelnutt said he's he's trying to make the best out of the situation at the school by teaching the valuable lessons learned, and he believes the students have grown closer through all this. This week, he's encouraging students to wear orange, which is the official color of racial tolerance.
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