Stephanie Freeman and Jeffery Hume, two high school students from Carrollton, Georgia, have been expelled after posting a racist video on TikTok which was shared on Twitter and went viral. It has so far been viewed 4.5 million times on Twitter alone.
The person who initially shared Hume and Freeman’s video on Twitter captioned the video: “Okay I know this probably isn’t going to get a lot of views but I just thought I’d show everyone how racist the kids at my school are. The girl’s name is Stephanie Freeman and she’s a senior at Carrollton High School.” The other student in the video was identified as Jeffery Hume.
Here’s what you need to know about Stephanie Freeman and Jeffery Hume:
1. The Two High School Students Filmed the Racist Video & Uploaded It to TikTok
In the video, the two enter a bathroom and the camera pans to a paper with a racial slur written on it sitting on top of the sink drain. The two students then pour cups of water over the paper, all of which have different offensive labels referring to black people in derogatory ways.
The video started trending on Twitter early on April 17 as people protested the content and called for their school to take action. Users managed to find out Freeman and Hume’s personal social media accounts, where they go to school, the colleges they plan to attend and more.
2. The Two Students Were Expelled From Carrollton High School Soon After
Carrollton High School issued a statement soon after the incident went viral saying that it was under investigation.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus wrote: “Parents, tonight it has been brought to my attention that an inappropriate video was created on the TikTok social media platform by students at Carrollton High School. Please know this video is being addressed immediately and any student involved in the production of this video will face serious consequences. Carrollton City Schools top priority is the health and well-being of our students and this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”
Later in the day, Carrollton High School made the announcement that the two students were expelled. The school said the two individuals in the video “are no longer students” and that their “behavior was unacceptable and is not representative of the district’s respect for all people.”
3. Jeffery Hume Is an Independent Wrestler Who Got Removed From Many Promotions
Jeffery Hume, also known under the wrestling name Jay Hunter, is an independent wrestler. Once the video went viral, many organizations ended their association with the high school student. WWA4 Pro Wrestling School posted on Twitter that they would no longer associate with Hume.
Their statement reads: “We at The WWA4 do not condone racism. As of 4/16/2020 Jeffery Hume’s (Jay Hunter) WWA4 membership was terminated. We pride ourselves on being diverse, welcoming everyone. We are utterly disappointed, appalled, and disgusted. We welcome all races, sexes, religions and creeds.”
Victory Championship Wrestling also posted on Facebook to say that Hume would no longer be appearing on their programming.
4. People Have Started Campaigns to Revoke Stephanie Freeman’s College Admission
People have speculated online that Freeman is supposed to be attending the University of West Georgia in the fall. A campaign quickly started, and the Twitter channels and Facebook page of the university both received dozens of messages from the community asking for Freeman’s admission to be revoked.
Heavy reached out to the university and was told that they have “no record of anyone by this name admitted to attend the institution.”
Heavy also received confirmation from Georgia College & State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville, Georgia, that there is no record of Stephanie Freeman applying to that college.
5. The Two Students Were Heavily Criticized on Social Media & Appear to Have Taken Down Their Accounts
As soon as the video started circulating online, there was intense backlash for the two students. One user shared the video and said: “Thought their future employers and colleges should see this while considering their applications.. THIS IS DISGUSTING!” Another pointed out that “They didn’t get exposed. THEY POSTED THIS.”
One user posted the two students’ Instagram handles on Twitter, but their accounts have since been deleted or set to private. The user added: “Find these poor souls and educate them. They should be expelled and fired from their jobs. This is TOTALLY unacceptable.”
On a newly created Instagram account, Freeman posted an apology that read in part: “I want to apologize for the abbhorent video I posted. I know in my heart how wrong it was. My BF is racist and he slowly normalized his racism on me. Still I should never have let him.”