A Catholic high school in Virginia has launched an investigation after a student appeared in a video using a racial slur.
Administrators at Paul VI Catholic High School are conducting the probe into the video, which has circulated on social media, according to a statement released Thursday by Angela Pellerano, director of media relations for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, which oversees the school.
“Paul VI High School is rooted in Catholic moral values and a loving respect for others,” the statement said. “All students are expected to be respectful and courteous and to refrain from harassment of any kind.”
It continued: “All disciplinary matters concerning students are addressed seriously and are kept confidential.”
The racially charged video shows a student at the private school in Fairfax. Pellerano did not release details about the student, such as his name or grade level.
The short clip, which has spread on social media, shows a youth in a sweatshirt. The student, who is white, talks quickly in the clip, which lasts about 10 seconds. In his profane rant, he uses a racial slur. It was not clear from the video what prompted the outburst.
The clip was posted to Twitter earlier this month, along with the phone number for Paul VI. “Twitter, do ya thing,” the tweet said. The footage also appears to have been posted on Snapchat.
About 900 students attend the high school, Pellerano said.