Students involved in racist video will not be punished by Chandler school officials

- It's a story FOX 10 Phoenix has been following, involving a racist video that was shot by some junior high school students. On Wednesday, the district made a decision on whether to punish the students in the video.

The incident involved five 7th and 8th graders at Santan Junior High School, who sang along to a racist song last month, while another student captured it on video.

The video wound up on Snapchat.

Officials with the Chandler Unified School District say it found no evidence the students in the video intended it as hate speech aimed at anyone at school, and because the recording was made in a private home, not on campus, the district has no authority to discipline the students.

"Just because language is offensive does not give government -- and in this case, a school district -- the right to limit the speech," said Chandler Unified School District Superintendent Camille Casteel. "We do not have the right to reach into a private home and impose discipline."

FOX 10's Steve Krafft reports.

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