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'Let's Kill All The Blacks': Students Sing Racist Song at Dover High School

"There was nothing 'implicit' about it," said one person on Facebook. "This was an overt show of racism."

A history assignment at Dover High School in New Hampshire gave some students the idea that it would be appropriate to spew racist vitriol to the tune of "Jingle Bells."

The assignment which was for an 11th grade U.S. History class, had students change the lyrics to a Christmas jingle to tell a story about Reconstruction. Two students in the class, who represented the Ku Klux Klan, thought that it would be a good idea to alter the lyrics to include "Let's Kill All the Blacks" and "White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they're dead -- ha, ha, ha."

A biracial student in the class was uncomfortable as well as offended by the lyrics.

Chloe Harris, the student in question, expressed her concerns to the teacher but because she feared nobody would believe her. So she decided to whip out her cellphone and record the incident. The video has now been taken down.

"I went to the teacher," said Harris. "I said I'm not really comfortable with these lyrics. I don't know why they need to sing it. I don't know why they need to present it in such an insensitive way."

Apparently racism is an issue at the school because Harris went on to say that she felt that nothing would be done about the situation.

"Thought if I don't record this, this is going to be the only evidence that I have that this happened and nobody's going to do anything about it," said the 16-year-old.

As the students recited the song, classmates laughed at the offensive ditty.

"When everyone was laughing I got really frustrated," said Harris. "I was like why are you guys laughing at this? So I had to walk out of class. I'm disgusted by this."

Dover School District has launched an investigation.

WIlliam Harbron, the superintendent of the school district, stated: "The principal became aware of the situation late Friday and began working with teacher. Right now we're dealing the immediate need of communication out and dealing with the emotions surrounding the situation."

A letter sent to parents read: "We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families and staff. Administration from Dover High School and the District are working with students and the school community to respond immediately and effectively to this racial insensitivity."

Yes, "racial insensitivity."

The teacher involved has been suspended with pay pending the investigation. School officials haven't indicated whether or not the two white male students will be disciplined.

The school has a student population of about 1300 with only 14% of the students being minorities.

Reader Question: Do you think the students who sang the song should be reprimanded?

The Conversation (8)
Jeff04 Dec, 2018

Ya' know, for people that profess to be teachers, we have been dealt a real mess. Are a few of our teachers, I know that they are in the few, absolutely that stupid, or are they rascists that think that they have a platform? The teacher/s involved should be fired immediately. No questions asked, the proof is self-evident. Getbusy Dover, you will be held to account.

GunnyMack07 Dec, 2018

I believe they should be expelled from the School District.

They knew that the song was Racist and that people of color, would find it offensive

Angela04 Dec, 2018

Are the students going to learn anything? Probably not, because the hate is in them, or it could be a shock and awe moment. Just to see how people will react! No matter the reason, it's wrong!! The students should be discipline and maybe talked to. I would really like to hear the reason of why did they do it!

Really04 Dec, 2018

Yes they should be, course it will probably do little good, its sad the lack of empathy

Margo04 Dec, 2018

Yes and ye

votetocorrect05 Dec, 2018

Lets sing the song; they made the wrong decision to be racist and got expelled and will spend years to repair their GPA's!

04 Dec, 2018

I read thru most of the Article.....when I read it took place in New Hampshire....I was like "Ok".....(obviously not ok, just satire)....but How many black people have you ever met from New Hamshire? dont worry I'll wait while you count on two fingers or less.....I been on this earth for 50 years and have yet to meet a black person from New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana.....not say they dont have minorites in that state, I just have not met far as the student conduct....just deplorable...

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