GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Four male students at Guilderland High School
have been suspended for their involvement in a YouTube clip the school says was
a form of cyber bullying.
The vulgar rap song, which ran for five minutes, contained the
names of several Guilderland High School students and obscene language.
Principal Thomas Lutsic sent out a letter to parents on Tuesday regarding the audio clip
which played while displaying a photo of the Guilderland High School
sign. He called the clip a form of cyber bullying and stated that a school
investigation by their resource officer is already underway, and one by the
police department may also be launched.
"It was mean spirited," said Victor Warner, a sophomore
at the high school. He told News10 ABC that most of the students at
school listened to the audio clip before it was taken down. The audio
clip which contains harassing language and lyrics about other students that
is sexual in nature.
"I was stunned by the graphic and obscene nature of the
comments made," said Superintendent Marie Wiles.
It's a type of cyber bullying the district says it has
never dealt with before. "I think that's something that we're always,"
continued Wiles ,"evaluating and taking a look at you know can we do something
differently can we do something better."
"I wouldn't say it was a prank," he said. "A few
kids wanted to make a rap so they rapped about the sophomore class at
Victor's mother, Angela Warner was not too happy to learn about
the clip, but is pleased to see the school taking immediate action.
"There's got to be a consequence, a lesson learned,"
stated the mother. "I believe in the school district, I know they have
zero tolerance for bullying."
The clip was taken down from the website at around 4 p.m. on
Tuesday after school administrators contacted YouTube.
The district says it has about four days to schedule a
hearing for the boys that were suspended, more disciplinary action could be yet
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