White High School Students Creates Racist Jingle Bell Song And Performs For History Class
By: Eboni Walker
For hundreds of years, the Christmas song ‘Jingle Bells’ has been used to bring on a joyful spirit to celebrate the holiday season.
But that has now changed.
A group of New Hamshire students remade the Christmas jingle into a racist song, which praises members of the KKK and target Blacks.
Students at Dover High School were recorded singing the song in class with very derogatory lyrics.
“Walking through the streets, white masks on our heads
Blood beneath our feet, laughing till they’re dead (ha ha ha)
KKK, KKK, let’s kill all the blacks
Burn a cross on their front yard and hope they don’t come back”
The group of 11th-graders were assigned an assignment that required them to write a jingle based on the post-Civil War Reconstruction era of a history class. The Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist group was a dominant organization during that time period.
The video circulated around the internet and has now gone viral.
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Superintendent William Harbron told NBC News, “The principal became aware of the situation late Friday and began working with the teacher. Right now we’re dealing with the immediate need of communication out and dealing with the emotions surrounding the situation.”
The district also released a statement saying that there is an investigation currently taking place.
“We are working with students and educators at Dover High School to investigate and address an incident of extreme racial insensitivity. While the incident was part of a classroom assignment dealing with reconstruction period in American history.”
The district described the incident as being very harmful, despite it being a classroom assignment.
“We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families, and staff. Administration from Dover High School and the District are working with students and the school community to respond immediately and effectively to this racial insensitivity.”
The district said it plans to have a community meeting where the issue can be discussed further.
“Families and school community members will be updated as we create opportunities to come together and discuss, process, and plan as a community to address both the immediate situation and long-term implications of racial insensitivity and implicit bias.”
Harbron and DHS Principal Peter Driscoll both said they do not believe the students nor the teacher meant any ‘ill’ actions by the song. But they both agreed the song was very inappropriate.
Apparently, there was a prior issue with the students involved in the incident, which Harbron was not aware of.
He confirmed to NBC News that the district was currently working with a foundation which targets public education to address the class assignment. The organization has been working with the school district earlier this year as a movement to increase community engagement.
Harbron said his main goal is to get the message out about the harmful incident.
“I think the most important part is that we are upset and concerned about what happened in that classroom,” Harbron said. He continued, “We’re still trying to sort it out at this point. Right now it’s getting the message out about what occurred, what we need to do differently, what can we learn from this, and how do we change our practices from the lessons learned so that everybody feels accepted and wanted here.”
Harbron also stated that all of the students will be investigated. He said that the teacher is even held responsible for not stopping the students from singing the song once the inappropriate lyrics were heard.
It has not been stated if the teacher and students involved in the racist incident were punished for their actions.
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