Champlin Park High girls punished for racial slur used in video

Two Champlin Park High School students were suspended from a Thursday state tournament volleyball match after video surfaced on social media showing one of the girls using a racial slur derogatory to African-Americans as she sang a rap song.

The girls, who are white, have apologized and accepted their punishment, said attorney Phil Villaume, adding that their families strongly condemn racism. More than 150 students at the school walked out in protest Wednesday.

Separately, school district officials also confirmed Champlin Park High is investigating racially threatening messages found on a bathroom wall.

And Anoka-Hennepin school district spokesperson Jim Skelly said a third incident apparently involving a Champlin Park student wearing dark makeup resembling blackface had also surfaced on social media. The picture, he said, was taken over the summer.

"Let's just say it was investigated, but that would be information that's considered private student data," he said. "It's part of the investigation we're not able to share. That's the situation we're in: There's a lot of information being shared on social media that we can't verify."

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