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Minnesota police are investigating a video of a racist rascal encouraging a black student to take her own life

Nia Sign attends a protest after a video of a racist demonstration is posted on social media.

Nia Sigan, a black student at Prior Lake High School, told CNN she was “shocked” by the video, which she believes led to her.

“I couldn’t really understand what I was hearing, it was really a wave of different emotions. I was angry, I was disgusted, I was sad, I was confused,” the 14-year-old said. He added that he knew the girl. Of the elementary school video: “Basically my whole life.”

In the 57-second clip, a girl says to the camera, “You can go to hell … nobody’s going to like it … kill yourself this time.” In the background of the video is another girl who alternates between vitriol and laughter as the teenager in front of the camera.

Nia said she believed the video was originally posted on social media in September, but a high school student shared the video with her last Monday.

That night, Nya’s older sister, Elizabeth, a senior at Prior Lake High School, posted the video to her Snapchat story with her sister’s permission to expose her hatred for her sister. . “I’ve had so many messages from everyone asking me to send videos,” Elizabeth said.

Several students at Prior Lake High School and other schools used Prior Lake High School’s anonymous tip line to complain about the video’s presence, Elizabeth said.

Nia Sign attends a protest after a video of a racist demonstration is posted on social media.

“It was Monday evening that I was alerted to a horrific, hateful and racist video posted on a social media platform,” Savage Police Chief Rodney Severer said at a news conference Thursday. “There is no tolerance here.”

“Once the video came to our attention, we immediately began an investigation into the students involved and will take prompt and appropriate action,” said Prior Lake Savage Area Schools (PLSAS) Superintendent Teri Staloch. A letter to staff and families dated 9 November.

Nia said the girls in the video also alluded to their struggles with mental health.

“They always hated me a little bit … they always brought me up, like now, with my mental health issues, like my personal issues,” Nia said.

Nia’s father, Taban Sigan, said his daughter has dealt with mental health issues in the past and is concerned that they would say she struggles with anxiety and depression. The teenager said she was hospitalized in May after attempting to end her life.

“I went back to school and told a few of my close friends,” said the soft-spoken teenager, adding that the information reached the girls and some of his friends who had seen and heard the racist video. .

Rodney Severer, Savage Police Chief
“It’s early in the investigation, so I can’t really comment on what the potential charges are … we’re looking at every aspect, wherever our investigation leads us,” said Severer, the police chief. He said when asked. And Minnesota law that prohibits people from counseling, encouraging or assisting others to commit suicide applies in this case.

Naya said that she wants to see action and justice by the school and government officials.

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