Authorities in Savage, Minnesota are investigating a racist video of a Black high school student being bullied by a white girl.
In the video, which has been viewed millions of times on social media, a white girl is seen spewing hateful, racist slurs toward 14-year-old Nya Sigin, urging her to kill herself after suspecting she tried previously and bashed her for not doing it right the first time.
“Kill yourself right this time. Do it f—cking right. Cut deep enough,” the girl can be heard saying in the 57-second video clip.
Sigin, a Black student at Prior Lake Highschool, told CNN she was “shocked” by the video, which she believes is directed towards her.
“I really couldn’t comprehend what I was listening to, it was really just a wave of different emotions. I was angry, I was disgusted, I was sad, I was confused,” the 14-year-old said, adding that she’s known the girl in the video since elementary school — “basically, my entire life.”
According to an Instagram post from activist Shaun King, the girl in the video is 14-year-old Jaelyn Crooks
Nya told CNN that she believes the video was originally posted on social media in September, however, it didn’t come to her attention until a student at her high school showed it to her.
Nya’s said her older sister, Elizabeth posted the video on Snapchat later that night to expose the hate she was receiving. According to Elizabeth, multiple students from Prior Lake High School and from other schools used the Prior Lake High School’s anonymous tip line to complain about the video.
“I just want people to know that I’m so beyond thankful for all the support,” Nya said. “It just makes me feel so loved and supported knowing that there are other people out there that have my back.”
When asked what advice she has for other students or children experiencing racism and bullying, Nya told CNN, “I would tell other girls, other students, or just people that are going through stuff like this, that it gets better.”
“You don’t have to keep going through this. It’s all temporary, there’s changes to be made,” she said. “My best advice is just to stay strong throughout it all and remember that you have so many support systems and so many people that love you.”
The police chief of the Savage Police Department condemned the incident after the video went viral.
“It was late Monday evening when I was advised of a horrific, hateful, racist video that was posted on social media platform,” Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer said at a news conference Thursday. “This is not tolerated here.”
“Once the video was brought to our attention, we immediately launched an investigation into the students involved, and we will take swift and appropriate action,” Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools (PLSAS) Superintendent Teri Staloch, wrote in a Nov. 9 letter to staff and families.
The investigation into this video comes as a school in Utah also faces backlash for not properly handling a bullying situation that led to the suicide of a 10-year-old Black girl. Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor, a student at Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake, Utah took her own life after being bullied on an ongoing basis by her classmates. Tichenor’s parents said they reported the bullying to multiple administrators at the school but their complaints were ignored.