A screen capture of the video posted to YouTube on Monday, Nov. 11, which included a rap song naming several Guilderland High School students. The video, which school officials called "cyberbullying," has been removed from the website.
continued “We frame this in the context of the Guilderland Code of Conduct,” she said. “(Police) have other laws and rules they need to follow up.”
Song unleashed on students
The description for the YouTube video posted by the user “Anon Guild” read, “Guilderland 2016 is a slut fest.” The video was an audio clip set to a picture of the Guilderland High School entrance sign. It was the only video that account had posted to YouTube.
Before the video was removed it had more than 1,550 views, with approximately 30 “thumbs up” and 19 “thumbs down” votes from viewers.
Wiles said she was appalled by the content of the song.
“Children were mentioned by name and in a manner that was highly inappropriate and hurtful,” Wiles said. “I was stunned by the graphic and obscene nature of the comments made. … The comments were shocking and insulting.”
There were “a number of students” called out by name in the video, Lutsic said, with some students mentioned “not very much at all” and others more extensively.
Lutsic said all of the students named were sophomores, along with “the sophomore class as a whole” being mentioned. Support services have been offered to all those students.
“We had our counseling department and social workers talk to all of the students that had been mentioned on there, and many parents have been contacted, and some parents have contacted us also,” Lutsic said.
Lutsic on Tuesday sent a letter to parents about the incident.
“We take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our students,” Lutsic said in the letter. “Bullying and harassment, such as the kind displayed in the audio clip, violates the Guilderland Central School District Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated.”
Lutsic said the high school does its “best to encourage an atmosphere of respect and consideration.” He said even if the rap was posted as a “prank,” it’s a form cyberbullying that could be harmful to others.