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Guyer student’s offensive social media post prompts school response

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Denton ISD and the principal of Guyer High School addressed lots of questions and concerns from students, parents and the community Friday in response to an offensive social media post by a student.

Denton ISD was alerted Thursday evening about the post on the social media network Snapchat made by a girl who goes to Guyer, said Mario Zavala, director of communications for Denton ISD. He said the post “had racial undertones.”

On other social media platforms, several people have shared screenshots of the student’s Snapchat post, which appears to describe a conversation she had with someone who told her that 200 people died in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on Tuesday.

Denton ISD and the Guyer High School principal said they “don’t condone” a Snapchat post by a student that prompted a lot of phone calls and emails to the school from the community.

The girl says in the post that she responded, “oh good thats 200 less mexicans trying to come across that border”

The post is “not a school matter,” Zavala said, as the student was not on campus or at a school-related event when she made the post, and it wasn’t directed at any other students specifically. But as people shared screenshots on social media, they identified her as a Guyer student, causing a lot of emails and phone calls from people who wanted to know if there was a connection between the school and the student’s comments.

“We got involved because it became a distraction to the campus and community,” Zavala said. “The comments just happened to be made by one of our students, and we don’t condone them.”

Shaun Perry, the principal of Guyer High School, posted the following statement on Twitter early Friday morning:

“We are aware of the insensitive comments made and do not condone or agree with the views they reflect. @GuyerHigh is proud of our diversity.”

Discipline matters are “handled between parents and campus leadership,” Zavala said, adding that the student was not at school Friday.

The school sent home a letter to parents Friday, encouraging them to have conversations with their kids about these kinds of issues. Zavala said he hopes parents use the incident “as a learning tool.”

“It’s an opportunity to tell them that yes, you have freedom of speech, but there may be consequences,” Zavala said.

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  • freddy fleetwood

    Arrest Zavala for impersonating a federal judge. exactly the law violated here.

  • Neuonce

    Funny, I’m a student that goes to Guyer. This morning, (the morning after the post’s spreadage) a group of students with Mexican heritiage were threatened with expulsion after they brought a Mexican flag to school and were taking pictures with it. It was stated that it was an “obstruction to learning” even though this happened before school began, and the students were not in a classroom nor the commons.
    I’m disappointed in my school, and those who run it.

    • Daniel Torres

      Lot of hateful people speak silly nonsense, but my opinion just a sigh . That how the devil works are at play. Just sit back and look at what is going on in the world . Such natural disasters, brim of war. Lord watch over us all, in these days to come. As we are all loving angels in your eyes. I just put my faith in your hands

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