Weber School District is investigating the situation to determine if the girls have violated the school's code of conduct in any way.
School officials and staff were "shocked by the conduct of these students and the content of the video", Findlay said, but decried those who were sending threatening messages to them and their families. While they confirmed three of the girls in the video are cheerleaders, there is no indication the footage was filmed during extra-curricular activities.
School officials first became aware of the footage on Monday after it began making rounds on social media.
Five Utah cheerleaders have found themselves in big trouble after posting an Instagram video in which they appear to be laughing while shouting racial slurs. It sounds as though the girls are all saying "f****** n******' but school staff say they in fact said "surgeon cuff" and that an app played it backwards". Until it was on social media, ' another said.
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'They were fully aware of what they did and posted it because they thought it was amusing, ' one person said.
A video of five Utah students recorded past year has since gone viral, and some of the girls in the video are receiving death threats, according to KSTU.
The video is the latest in teens getting caught on camera for their racist behavior.
'PLEASE call the school and DEMAND these people no longer be in a representation position for the school, ' another user wrote on Facebook. He said that girls could face anything from counseling and being kicked off the cheerleading team to expulsion from school.
"The students were on a trip outside of school on their own personal time", School district spokesman Lane Findlay told the Salt Lake Tribune. It's just completely inappropriate'. "Obviously, they knew what they were doing".
Whether intentional, or by stealth machination, the video serves to corroborate ongoing negative attitudes towards African Americans, minorities and the plethora of antagonism that is deep rooted in society, perhaps more so in the religious white state of Utah....