BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) - Brentwood High School Principal Kevin Keidel sent a message to parents to address an inappropriate picture on social media this week prior to the "Battle of the Woods."
A student who attends Brentwood High School shared a racist and divisive post on social media using a racial slur openly for all to see.
Brentwood and Ravenwood play football on Friday night. The schools are both located in Brentwood and are less than eight miles apart.
Keidel sent this message:
"There is a disturbing and honestly heart breaking picture circulating on social media that I want to address with each and every one of you. Frankly, I see the post as racist and offensive. While I acknowledge that it is the week of the Battle of the Woods, and some of the choices made during this week aren’t wise, there is no excuse for this type of behavior no matter when it was done or when it was shared.
"You must make better choices and the time to begin is now.
"When you participate in, retweet, share, post or comment on social media, you can be part of the problem or part of the solution. Something you think is funny may be hurtful to someone else, so why would you want to do that? If you stand by and witness bad behavior, you miss an opportunity to be better. You have the power to build bridges, mend fences and be leaders for good in our school, community and world. I believe that you can be better. I believe we can all be better.
"I don’t believe this is our image; I don’t believe this is the image that you want our school or greater community to have of you or of our school; and I don’t believe in my heart of hearts that you truly believe this type of behavior is appropriate.
"I believe you want your image and our school image to be a positive one, and I don’t believe you think this type of behavior is appropriate.
"This type of behavior does not represent our student body, school or district. No matter the reason, it is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
"We obviously have more work to do to create a compassionate and safe place for all, and I’m ready and willing to work with each and every one of you to make Brentwood High such a place. Please join us in making Brentwood a more positive and welcoming place."
The Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition has asked for Williamson County Schools to take action and suspend the student immediately.
"Just a few weeks ago we spoke with Superintendent Jason Golden via a town hall about being anti-racist," Pastor Herbert Bryant, co-founder of FJEC, said in a news release. "Racism is a system that holds people down and we must see action moving forward to show students that they will face consequences for their hateful behavior. Our community is hurting. We need the leaders in our school system to step up and do what's right, and in this case it's suspending the student."