A Shasta High School student is in trouble for handing phony deportation notices to several students of different ethnicities at the school, Shasta Union High School District Superintendent Jim Cloney confirmed today.
Cloney said the student posted a video that's since been deleted of himself "handing out a document that he apparently created with the word 'deportation' across the top," Cloney said in an email.
Cloney said the five or six students contacted by the boy appear to be of different ethnicities, but he wasn't sure of their backgrounds.
A reader submitted stills from the video that appears to have been published on Snapchat to the Record Searchlight. The paper is not publishing them so that the students can't be identified.
In it, at least four different students can be seen holding papers, though it's not clear whether one of them is the distributor himself.
One still shows a closeup of the "Deportation Order" being held by an unidentified hand in a classroom full of students and is marked by the caption "Got him." The document is made to look like a real court order, but a Google search of the "712th Nonjudicial District Court" identified at the top reveals that the supposed court is one frequently used in prank forms.
In another caption, a student reading one of the notices is identified by the user as "another french one."
The boy apparently distributed the notices throughout at least one school day, because different stills span a period of at least four hours. It's not clear which day they were handed out.
Administrators contacted the boy, and Cloney said the student told them "it was done to be funny."
"It goes without saying, we don't think this sort of behavior is funny nor reflective of the culture at Shasta High and behavior that is racially or culturally insensitive will not be allowed to go on at any of our schools," Cloney said.
It was not immediately clear whether the student is being formally disciplined. Cloney said he couldn't comment on the specifics of the student's potential punishment, but his office "will apply appropriate consequences depending on the severity of the situation to ensure that the behavior is not repeated."
The incident comes just days after famously immigration-tough Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, though it couldn't immediately be confirmed whether the phony notices were related to Trump's win.
A national reporter is tracking incidents of racism or xenophobia that have happened since Trump won the election Tuesday and said he had been contacted by Latino Shasta High parents about the letters.
A Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect member said the incident had not been reported to him yet, but he is looking into it.
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