MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — McCracken County Public Schools released a statement Monday night regarding videos circulating online containing the use of racist slurs, purportedly made by McCracken County students. 

While social media posts sharing the videos say the kids in the videos are McCracken County students, the school district's statement does not say whether the videos do indeed show McCracken County students. "The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the disclosure of protective information and prevents us from commenting on the specific content of any of the videos," the statement explains. 

However, the statement says the district "does not condone or uphold these actions or any type of racist behavior," and that "We as a district have a responsibility to educate students on empathy and dignity. We will continue to address these issues in order to move towards a stronger, more inclusive school district."

"We were recently made aware of social media videos showing individuals using deeply offensive racial slurs. McCracken County Schools does not condone or uphold these actions or any type of racist behavior. McCracken County Schools is committed to fostering an environment that promotes a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We acknowledge that this is an ongoing effort and that we as a district have a responsibility to educate students on empathy and dignity. We will continue to address these issues in order to move towards a stronger, more inclusive school district.

"The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the disclosure of protective information and prevents us from commenting on the specific content of any of the videos."