Berkeley High School Students Protest Racist Messages Posted by 15-Year-Old Student

Hundreds of Berkeley High students gather on the steps of a building across from Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.  Students walked out of class on Thursday to stand together against racism after a racist message appeared on their library computers. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Hundreds of Berkeley High students gather on the steps of a building across from Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Students walked out of class on Thursday to stand together against racism after a racist message appeared on their library computers. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

A 15-year-old Berkeley High student confessed Thursday to posting racist slurs a day earlier on a school library computer, the school principal said.

More than 1,500 Berkeley High students walked out of classes and marched through city streets Thursday, protesting reports of those slurs.

Berkeley police Officer Byron White said the department was pleased to identify the student so quickly.

“I think it’s terrific to be able to find out, and rare to solve something like this on the same day,” White said.

He said that the case is being reviewed and will most likely be turned over “to juvenile probation for review of charges. It’s a juvenile suspect.”

Principal Sam Pasarow announced that the student had confessed, according to ABC-7 News.

“I think the student is really aware of what this caused on our campus today and how much fear it caused and how much chaos it caused on our campus,” he said.

Students walked out at 9 a.m., and demonstrated on campus and at UC Berkeley, expressing anger and outrage at the racial epithet and violent threats against African-Americans that were found at the high school Wednesday, White said.

The racist message, which was apparently made to look like an official school web page, made references to the Ku Klux Klan and lynchings, used a slur to describe African-Americans, and included the phrase, “public lynching December 9th 2015.”

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Source: Contra Costa Times | Chris De Benedetti cdebenedetti@bayareanewsgroup.com