Indiana teenager Mat Blood told his local news station that he now feels ashamed about a viral video that showed him outdoors on a snowy night, draped in a Nazi flag and yelling “the n-word from a bullhorn.
The 17-year-old says a dare from his friends prompted him to engage in the racist stunt. The consequences for his actions were swift. He lost his job and is now worried that his parents might lose their jobs too. Blood says his family is ashamed of him.
“I planned to join the army, but that’s probably not gonna happen now,” Blood told WKBW, his local ABC affiliate.”I’m sincerely ashamed. I wish I wouldn’t have done it. I’m so sorry to all the people I offended.
Whether he’s actually sorry or just sorry that he has suffered the consequences of his actions is unclear. Now that his personal income and possibly his entire family’s well-being are in jeopardy, Blood has come to a sobering moment in his life.
His education is also at risk. Noblesville High School issued the following statement:
“We are aware of the ugly social media post that has been circulating recently. We do not condone this type of behavior and are passionate about creating an environment where all our students and staff feel respected. We are addressing this issue with the students in question.”
When asked about punishment, school administrators declined to say whether or not disciplinary action would be taken against Blood.
The teen is just the latest young person to attain notoriety from racist words and actions. University of Alabama student Harley Barber was just kicked out of her sorority after Instagram videos of her repeatedly saying the n-word were re-tweeted thousands of times over the MLK holiday.
What is the appropriate punishment for these teens spewing racist drivel online?