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Monte Vista reeling after video of student using racial slur goes viral

Original post made on Dec 20, 2019

Monte Vista High School was cast into the national spotlight this week after a video showing a female student use a racial slur in sign language toward an African American male went viral on social media.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 20, 2019, 1:16 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by HJ
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Dec 20, 2019 at 6:48 pm

The article is incorrect when it states that the girl did not say the n word. She says it out at the very end. I have watched the video.

Posted by Real Guy
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

So, a girl from MV is in a chat room with an adult stranger and "signs" him a bad word. This is absolutely wrong. The guy, who is a Youtuber, whatever that is, promotes the incident. This was done at her home, not at school. And now MVHS is getting called out for being racist. My kid has lots of friends at MVHS and none are racist. Typical media BS and the district covering their hind ends. What a joke!

Posted by Real Guy's Friend
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Yes! Thank you Real Guy! I too am upset that the media would somehow try to promote the idea that a spoiled, sheltered child at my extremely wealthy, 65% caucasian school in a largely white town that has almost no public transit and public housing could somehow end up doing something racist. How rude and pure BS!

Posted by Real Guy's Cousin
a resident of another community
on Dec 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Yes, how could this community, made up of people fleeing neighborhoods that have "colored" people moving in, be racist? They take their Christian faith seriously and teach their children to love one another, even immigrants. Surely you don't think they check their white privilege at the door?

Posted by Randall
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

Have to agree with Real Guy. This is not a MV issue. She just goes to school there. She made a poor decision on her own time.

Posted by Kristine
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 23, 2019 at 6:43 am

I agree with Real Guy's comments. And I believe it still "starts at the home"!!! Kids see and here more than one might think no matter what the age!

Posted by Amazey
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 23, 2019 at 7:13 am

So how does a slur word get into sign language and how. Do people know that is what the sign means? I find this amazing! Is it taught in ASL school?!

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Dec 23, 2019 at 7:18 am

Unfortunately some people quickly jump on media without really knowing the facts.
MVHS was never called “racist”.
Racist words/ behavior might have occurred.
This does not reflect on all students.
Maybe parents need to reflect on themselves and what they might on their own children!

Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Dec 23, 2019 at 8:04 am

1. Nobody should say any words that make someone else feel bad, and if they find out that they did, they should apologize.

2. Another story, another exaggeration. The school has not been called racist, the writer is trying to imply that and the reader is assuming that by the details.

3. We are becoming too politically correct and forgetting to teach our children to be strong. There was a day when the N-word’s meaning was just a color, in medical books it is still the meaning (before anyone goes crazy over that comment, I understand our history, the only way to become better and stronger is to never let history repeat itself, but changing the meaning of the word does not help) and in other languages, it still means a color. Just the other day I heard someone on TV say “that word is racist now” for another group of people. We are making people soft and angry by changing or exaggerating the meaning of words.

We need to teach children how to be strong and confident. We need to teach children to ignore bad things, bad words, and negativity. We need to teach children not to become so angry when somebody has a different viewpoint. We need to teach children to be more accepting.

SRVUSD thinks they’re doing a good job with implementing new policies or by punishing a child that may or may not have understood the ramifications of what he or she is saying. With all the new rules they are creating, they are just making it worse; they are forgetting about the majority while only trying to help the minority. This story is a perfect example.

Posted by Former MVHS student
a resident of Danville
on Dec 23, 2019 at 9:41 am

Although this is horrible. It did not happen on school campus and should be handled away from the school. [Removed because it contained uncomfirmed information]

Posted by Kjgamble
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Kjgamble is a registered user.

Did I just read nasty (racist) commentary that is addressing someone’ else’s nasty (racist) commentary? Good lord.

Posted by EdAdmin
a resident of Danville
on Dec 28, 2019 at 4:01 pm

EdAdmin is a registered user.

I'm surprised so many people here don't realize WHY this is a school issue. Please share with your children that if they do anything online, such as what this young lady decided to do, California anti-bullying laws cover off-campus conduct encompassing any electronic act where the creation or transmission originated on or off the school site. This is why this young lady is facing consequences for her actions from the school district.

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