One California high school is in an uproar over an Instagram account filled with hatred. The Instagram account, which is being compared to something out of the “Mean Girls” movie, caused protests and classes to be shut down.
Thursday, Albany High School students held a sit-in on campus. They were protesting the return of the suspended students responsible for the “Mean Girls” account.
According to ABC News, the students held a second protest the very next day. They did not want the students, who were scheduled to return to school, allowed back.
The “Mean Girls” teens in question were suspended for creating a digital “burn book.” In it, they made racist attacks on their classmates. They attacked other students’ races and weights.
Students at Albany High say the group of suspended “Mean Girls” made posts about slavery, which have since been deleted.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that there was also a photo posted on the Instagram account of a:
“black doll with images of a torch, noose and a Ku Klux Klan member.”
“I want them to face what they did and the effect they’ve had on the community,” freshman Tenzin Norsang, whose sister was one of the cyberbullying victims, told the newspaper. “My sister and her friends, those photos really affected them.”
He added the suspected culprits had to come to Albany High School on Thursday to meet with parents and some of their targets.
But they were met with an angry mob of classmates. Some were holding signs that read “Black is Beautiful” and “We Won’t Stand for Racism” as they shouted, “Albany for all,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Students linked hands around the school, prompting the school to shut down classes for the rest of Thrusday.
Amber Jones, one of the students whose picture was featured on the account, told local channel ABC 7 the students seemingly didn’t apologize for their actions when they met on Thursday.
“Well today, when we met with them, I really thought they would own up to what they did, and you know, kind of apologize, and a lot it was them defending themselves,” she told the channel. “And constantly saying, ‘Well I didn’t really add to it by liking and commenting, I didn’t really think I was a part of it.’ And none of them were like, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m taking full responsibility. I hate what I did. I don’t agree with it.’ I didn’t hear that.”
Tensions at the Bay Area school were only fueled Thursday when Superintendent Val Williams notified students and parents that cops were looking into reports of a noose hanging from a tree at a park near the school.
Earlier last month, seven ninth-grade students were reportedly “engaging in Nazi salutes to each other when passing in the halls,” according to a statement on the school’s website.
“It is our goal not only to set the tone that any racist, sexist, discriminatory, or hate related speech and behavior will not be tolerated, but that we also create a school community in which all students feel safe, welcome, and respected,” reads a statement from Williams and principal Jeff Anderson. “This is a community effort, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support and advocacy for our students.”