NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Administrators at Guerin Catholic High School are considering disciplinary action after a video showing five students mocking a classmate surfaced on social media.
The video shows the female students dressed in cheerleader uniforms as they sit in a car and perform a rap set to music. The lyrics contain vulgar language and profanity directed at another student. In the lyrics, the words appear to be targeting a teammate.
In the video, one of the students says it's a project they've been working on for a while.
The school's president responded to the post calling it inappropriate, and saying in part quote:
"Our students' safety and well-being are paramount and this behavior will not be tolerated. Rest assured, administrators are providing support and are in contact with the families involved to work through the disciplinary process."
The school's full statement below:
We have recently been made aware of the fact that a group of our students created an inappropriate video that was posted on social media. As Christians, we strive to respect the dignity of each human person and clearly this incident goes against that ideal. As a Catholic high school, we will use this situation as a teaching moment grounded in our vision to Lead with Humility, Serve with Love, and Trust in Providence.
Our students' safety and well-being are paramount and this behavior will not be tolerated. Rest assured, administrators are providing support and are in contact with the families involved to work through the disciplinary process.
If you have questions or concerns that you would like to discuss,
please reach out to me.
Dr. John Atha
Guerin Catholic High School
Dr. Atha said those students involved in the video will not be allowed back to school once Christmas break ends January 7. He is not calling it a "suspension," as the students have yet to face a discipline council, however he is likening it to administrative leave. With the students out on break, the school is left in a holding pattern.
As for the future of the cheerleading squad, Dr. Atha said that is currently being discussed. The Guerin President is emphasizing that the family of the victim wants the situation to deescalate, as to take the attention off the student targeted in the victim. The student's father has been asking people to remove the video from posts online.
Alumni have taken to social media to defend the student, with some calling for the girls to be expelled, while others are talking about solutions.
“Unfortunately cliques form, and this is where you see videos like this happening," recent alum Collin Brown said, “Bring bullying back up, and how to try to prevent those cliques from forming in high school.”
Brown said during his time at the school, administrators brought in speakers to talk about bullying.