Video of racial slur prompts disciplinary action by Grace Christian Academy

Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville is prompting disciplinary action after a viral video surfaced showing a person dressed in a white robe and mask shouting a racial slur.
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 2:33 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 12:20 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A video showing a person dressed in a white robe and mask, shouting a racial slur is going viral on social media.

The video shows a person, who appears to be a teen, walk into a room carrying a chair with the word “GRACE” written on it. Another person walks in wearing a white robe and a mask and sits down in the chair. Someone off-camera shouts “Who do we hate?” and the person sitting in the chair answers with a racial slur, followed by laughing from those in the room.

The video was shared by a group on Twitter called Truth for GCA, which has since been deleted. The caption from the group says the video depicts students from Grace Christian Academy’s baseball team.

Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville is investigating after a viral video surfaced showing a person dressed in a white robe and mask shouting a racial slur.

We reached out to GCA about the video and they replied with the following statement:

“Immediately upon being made aware of an extremely inappropriate and deeply disappointing video yesterday afternoon that violates everything we value, the administration of Grace Christian Academy has taken swift action to meet with all students involved. Severe disciplinary action has been issued as GCA does not condone this behavior or any form of racism. We will continue to seek truth and enact appropriate discipline.

What we have witnessed in the last 24 hours is in no way consistent with the mission and core values of GCA. We are doing everything possible to ensure the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of all our students and staff. Teachers and trained professionals will be available to speak with your student or your family tomorrow, if you so desire. We covet your prayers and appreciate your partnership in ministry.”

Grace Baptist Church and Grace Christian Academy Leadership

WVLT News asked for clarification on what action was being taken, but Grace Christian representatives did not share that information.

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