A high school district outside Portland, Oregon is grappling with a student’s alleged participation in a racist Snapchat group called “Slave Trade,” where teens who are believed to live around the US purportedly used homophobic and racist slurs while pretending to auction off their Black classmates.
Newberg High School’s principal wrote about the incident in a letter to parents on Tuesday, while Oregon state representatives have condemned the district’s simultaneous ongoing push to ban Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ Pride flags in its schools.
Insider reviewed photos of the purported “Slave Trade” group chat that were posted on Instagram. The photos and post identified the Newberg High School student who allegedly participated in the group chat. In a comment, he acknowledged his participation in the chat and wrote that it took place two years ago.
The photos show the Newberg High School student sent a screenshot showing two of his Black classmates to the chat and captioned it “100$ each.” Another chat member responded “i’ll take them for 150 as the pair.”
Other pictures of Black teens were posted in the chat and members responded with racist and homophobic language, identifying some of the teens as gay and expressing a desire to kill them.
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SOURCE: Insider, Kat Tenbarge