Meggie Noel and Kylie Webster-Cazeau were tired of the racism issues at their elite Boston school, Boston Latin, being ignored, so they took to YouTube to explain their plight.
The two girls explained that racial tensions at the school, which has long been considered an Ivy League feeder, ramped up in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. They said that racial slurs were being thrown around unpunished and that their peers were surprisingly insensitive about the issue.
“It made students of color feel really uncomfortable that students who they sit next to in class, who they see in the hallway, whose locker is (near) said these things and thought these things,” said Webster-Cazeau.
The students are now calling on others to share their own experiences with the hashtag #BlackAtBLS.
“Whatever happens, we are definitely going to holding administration accountable, holding BPS accountable,” said Noel. “We’re going to make sure these things don’t happen in the future.”
As the video has gone viral, the district is now investigating the school, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has thrown support behind the student’s cause. “The experiences that kids have in our schools shouldn’t be racism,” he said.
In response, the school’s headmaster proposed a six-point plan to address the issues.