A student at Princeton High School posted a Snapchat of herself with the caption “I’m on the bus with a bunch of n—— help.”
Students and parents identified the person who posted the Snap as a sophomore.
The Snap circulated on social media Tuesday afternoon and evening, causing an outcry from many students and parents. Princeton High School senior Jamaica Ponder also wrote a blog post about the Snap called “Back of the Bus” for the website Multi Magazine.
Ponder is the same student who wrote last year about students at Princeton High School playing a drinking game called Jew Nazi beer pong. She wrote Tuesday that the social media post was hurtful to black students even though they are accustomed to bigotry, and that it was astonishing to see a peer “shaken by the presence of black people that she had to send out an SOS to her friends.”
“Not only the fact that she’s calling us n——, that’s old news — and not that she felt comfortable posting it on social media — also old news — but the fact that she genuinely felt displeasure in the utter presence of black kids. That’s terrifying to me,” Ponder wrote. “To see that there are people, my peers who can’t stand me, or people who look like me, purely because we’re black, scares the living daylights out of me.”
In October, eight high school students from Steinert High, one student from Lawrence High and one student from the Pennington School were disciplined after a video was posted on social media that showed several of the students chanting a joke with a racial slur. The students in the video were repeating a Vine meme from two years earlier that used the n word.