Grapevine High teens apologize for racist rap circulating online

Two high school girls are apologizing now for the racist and offensive rap they posted online two years ago.

The audio recording was made two years ago but has been shared many times, to the point that the district felt it had to send a letter home with parents to address it.

The vulgar and offensive recording is three-and-a-half minutes long. Some of the lyrics include, "…I always tell ‘em I wanna hang ‘em from a tree."

The rap was made two years ago, in the summer of 2013, by two unnamed girls who point out in the song that they are white.

According to the two apology letters they wrote, the song was recorded when they were 13 and 14 years old and freshmen at Grapevine High School. They reportedly uploaded it to social media at that time and it's been circulating among students ever since.

A letter went home Wednesday to parents, along with letters of apology from the girls addressing fellow classmates and staff. The girls did not sign their names.

One wrote, "I am deeply sorry for my actions. The song does not portray in anyway how I actually feel about people. I understand the gravity of my actions, and have learned from this experience."

The second student had similar comments, saying, "I have never been so utterly humiliated and ashamed in my entire life. I was 14 years old, and ignorant of the words coming out of my mouth. I made a big mistake, and I would do anything to take it back."

The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District says it's been opening the channels of communication for students to talk. But it says it does not have legal authority over the situation because the recording was made off school grounds while school was not in session.

The district released a statement to FOX 4 on Thursday night that says,

"We are appalled by a student-created recording that has been circulating among our students. The recording uses vulgar and racially insensitive words that are offensive and unacceptable. This type of language is not reflective of the culture of respect, understanding and sensitivity toward others that we expect in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

The recording was first posted on social media almost two years ago during summer vacation in June 2013. However, we just became aware of this recently. Because the students made the recording when school was not in session, and because no district equipment or facilities were used to produce or distribute the recording, the district does not have legal disciplinary authority. Once we learned of the recording, the students removed the original file and each student issued a formal apology letter.

Our students, staff, families and community are upset that the perception of their school is being negatively characterized by this incident. It is not consistent with the values that we work to instill in our students and is not a true representation of our schools and district as a whole.

This situation has been emotional and hurtful. As we begin the healing process, we will seize this moment to strengthen our culture of respect throughout the district."

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