SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio– It was an attempt to expose racism on Twitter, but now two high school students are facing suspension after posting another student’s rants online.
“It was the day after the election, my friend who is no longer my friend put on a snap story about black people,” said Shaker Heights junior Elena Weingard.
Weingard said the post was so racially insensitive that she decided to screen grab it and put it on her own Snapchat.
“You can comment on a story and I got a lot of comments. And then my friend asked if she could put it on Twitter and I said sure,” Weingard said.
FOX 8 is not identifying the student who posted multiple snaps about black people online.
Enter in Myahh Husamadeen, a Shaker Heights sophomore who decided to expose those comments on her Twitter. From there, social media exploded.
“I think people were hurt to see that this kind of racism still exists. Especially in such a place in Shaker Heights, where everyone seems to be liberal and seems to be accepting, and I think people were hurt,” Weingard said.
Thursday afternoon, both Elena and Myahh were called to the office. Both said they were suspended for “disruptive behavior”.
“I explained what happened to the vice principal. Basically, I’m at fault because I put a private message on a public forum,” Weingard said.
“The student issue has been resolved with the parties involved. The Shaker Heights City School District cannot comment further on student issues according to law,” said the district in a statement Friday.
Elena said she’s disappointed the student who posted the racist rants was not disciplined.
She said free speech is one thing, but disrespecting someone’s race is a problem.
“I understand I did put a private message on a public forum. And they said I opened her up to harassment. But I never intended for her to be harassed. I just wanted people to know that saying that stuff is not OK,” Weingard said.