Student says she was suspended for drawing attention to video of classmate saying racial slur

CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Some parents and students tell Fox 46 Charlotte that racism is an issue at Central Cabarrus High School.

Civil rights activist, John Barnett, shared an example with us on Facebook saying, “two black girls were suspended after a racial slur was made by a white female student [and] after the incident, the girls were punished for sharing it on social media.”

Carmani Harris-Jackson, 15, is one of the students who says she was suspended for sharing the video.
It’s 5 seconds long. The Snapchat video shows a white girl sitting in the backseat of a vehicle. She says, "They're putting laws on who can purchase a gun. No N…"

Carmani says the girl who posted the Snapchat video was arguing with her over gun laws and the Parkland shooting.

“I go on Snapchat and watch the girl's story. Her friend repeats exactly what I said and says no n-word. She screams it," said Carmani.

She says the girl who said the n-word is one of her classmates at Central Cabarrus High School.

"I screen recorded it. I sent it to my best friend and she posted it on her Facebook and Twitter and I posted it on my Twitter.

People were outraged, people were sharing it, people were contacting the school saying they need to do something about this."

Carmani says the school told them to take it down. When they deleted the video, Carmani says she and her friend both got a 2-day in-school suspension.

"You punish me for speaking out against what was wrong?"

Carmani's mom, Lawanda Harris, says she is outraged.

"I'm in a state of shock. I'm blow away, I’m outdone, I’m upset. I'm very upset."

Lawanda says she called the school several times to meet the principal.

"It's always an issue with my work schedule versus them being at the school. Make time for that conference so I can discuss how I feel about it."

Lawanda says the school won't tell her what kind of punishment the girl who said the n-word received.

"Honestly I feel like she needs to be expelled. If there's a no tolerance policy, it's no tolerance. Straight like that."

%INLINE% We asked the Cabarrus County Schools to confirm what happened, explain why Carmani and her friend were suspended for sharing the video, and what kind of punishment the girl who said the n-word received.

%INLINE% A spokesperson says she's "unable to comment about specific students or disciplinary action given to specific students due to privacy laws and Cabarrus County Board of Education policies."

%INLINE% The Cabarrus County Schools Student Code of Conduct says, 

"Students shall not use Internet Postings to harass, bully, or intimidate employees or other students. Behaviors that constitute harassment and bullying include, but are not limited to, comments that are derogatory with respect to race (...) A student will be disciplined for creating and/or distributing written or electronic material, including Internet Postings (...) Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including long-term suspension, 365- day suspension or expulsion.”

Carmani and her mom are working with John Barnett to seek an appointment with the principal of Central Cabarrus High School.

Fox 46 Charlotte reached out to the girl in the Snapchat video. She has not responded.