SCOTCH PLAIN/FANWOOD, NJ -- The fallout from the social media post of a Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School freshman posed in blackface in front of a Confederate flag has made it to New York local television as WNBC-TV's Ida Segal covered last nights Board of Education Meeting in Scotch Plains.
Students offended by the post, which went viral on Sunday evening, attended the BOE meeting to express their outrage over the photo.
"Everything is terrible at our school right now," student April Walsh told WNBC reporter Gaby Acevedo at the meeting. "They (authorities) are not doing anything to show action. Action matters, not words, not a letter."
Related: 'Parents Need to Think about What They Post on Social Media' by Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley and Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo
Related: Letter from Scotch Plains-Fanwood Superintendent Explains Decision to Open by Dr. Joan Mast
Related: Alleged Threat to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Deemed Not Credible by Dr. Joan Mast
According to several sources, although the student posed in blackface in front of the Confederate flag, he did not take the picture, nor did he post it on social media himself. Further, the student did not make a threat of violence against the school or classmates, nor did he have access to guns.
While a noticeable number of students were absent from SPFHS on Monday morning, police presence was beefed up at the school. Meanwhile, debate and misinformation spread on social media -- including pictures of the student, who is still a minor. According to the letter from Chief Conley and Chief Trigo, the incident caught the attention of both the New Jersey State Police and the Office of Homeland Security, which called SPPD to let them know that they knew about the “threat.”
The escalation of the story to that level prompted Chiefs Conley and Trigo to implore parents to "Please think before you post" on social media.
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