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High School Students Protest Lynching Threat

More than 1,500 Berkeley High School students walked out of class and marched through city streets in protest of racial slurs and a lynching threat on Thursday.

A 15-year-old student confessed to posting the slurs a day earlier, according to the school’s principal.

Students walked out at 9 am and demonstrated on campus and at UC Berkeley. They expressed anger and outrage at the racial epithet and violent threats against African-Americans, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The racist message was made to look like an official school web page, and made references to the Ku Klux Klan and lynchings. It also used a slur to describe Blacks and included the phrase, “public lynching December 9th 2015.”

Principal Sam Pasarow, who joined the students in their protest, referred to the post as a “hate crime” and said that “messages such as this one will not stand in our community.”

The case is currently being reviewed by Berkeley police and will most likely be turned over to juvenile probation for review of charges.