A student from a California school system has been sent home for making a video making fun of the school system she attended.
The student was suspended by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and was scheduled to return to school in June, but the video was made public Wednesday and sparked outrage in her community.
A video by a student at Los Angeles Central High School has been viewed more than 7 million times since it was posted on YouTube, according to the YouTube page for the school district.
The video shows the girl making a reference to her father’s death in the school’s cafeteria, and then calling on the teacher to apologize.
“I want you to apologize for the way you treated me, and you need to apologize to my parents for the pain you caused me, too,” the video begins.
“We need to be able to walk into any school, anywhere, and not be afraid to say sorry,” she says in the video, adding that she wants to be known for speaking up.
“You’re not welcome in this school.
We want you out.”
LAUSD spokeswoman Jessica Hernandez said in a statement that the district received the video Thursday and “immediately suspended” the student.
“The student’s video is clearly and unequivocally offensive and should not be viewed or shared,” Hernandez said.
“A school district cannot tolerate behavior that is threatening, discriminatory, or offensive.
The district takes these allegations very seriously and will take all appropriate actions to investigate and address them.
We have also begun an internal investigation and have launched an investigation into the video.”
The video has been shared more than 2 million times and prompted widespread outrage in the student’s community, according a report by the Washington Post.
The girl was not immediately identified, but her father told the newspaper that he did not want her to attend the school.
The incident is not the first time the district has been criticized for its handling of a student’s online video.
Earlier this year, LAUSD took down a video by another student after the video went viral, calling her an “anarchist” and accusing her of using racial slurs.
In the wake of that controversy, LAPS superintendent Michael Peevey told a Los Angeles TV station that the school “will not tolerate bullying or discrimination against any student.”
“The LAUSD will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment of any student, regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation, and we will not accept comments that target students based on their race or color, gender, religion or sexual identity,” Peeves said.
The school district has also been embroiled in a string of controversies since it opened its first school in 2005, including a controversial investigation into a teacher who was accused of using homophobic slurs.
The investigation prompted the resignation of the principal of the LAUSD’s first charter school.
LAUSD was also the subject of an investigation last year into allegations that it allowed students to attend an unauthorized event during a national day of remembrance honoring slain officers.