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Videos present Spartanburg teen, daughter of native information anchor, utilizing racist, homophobic language

Two movies that present the daughter of WSPA information anchor Amy Wood utilizing racist and homophobic language have surfaced throughout quite a few social media and web sites Tuesday.

Both movies had been first posted by the Instagram account @saucecarolina. The account said in a direct message that it could not reveal the preliminary supply of the movies. The Herald-Journal won’t submit the movies on our web site on account of their racist and homophobic language.

Wood’s daughter, Gracie, is well-liked on Instagram and is a singer and songwriter. She debuted her personal music, “You Ain’t My Boo” on Spotify and had practically 30,000 followers on Instagram earlier than deleting her account. Her Twitter account has additionally been eliminated.

Wood is a senior at Oakbrook Preparatory School in Spartanburg and performs with the varsity’s theater division and is a member of the volleyball crew.

Oakbrook Prep launched the next assertion on its social media platforms in addition to a letter to highschool households Wednesday night:

“We have been made conscious of latest statements made by an Oakbrook scholar. While these statements had been made off campus in a non-school associated occasion, we discover these feedback and the conduct of these concerned offensive and intensely disappointing. The statements made are usually not reflective of Oakbrook’s mission and core values, that are tutorial excellence, character, group, creativity, and variety. As advocates for all God’s folks, we attempt to create a group that’s respectful and inclusive primarily based on Biblical precept and appreciates the richness of various cultures and viewpoints. Our faculty management is prayerfully contemplating actions that we are able to take to strengthen our core values, allow our college students and workers to be taught from this expertise, and promote a caring surroundings the place everybody in our group feels revered and valued.”

Neither Amy Wood nor Gracie Wood have launched an announcement as of Thursday night time. The Herald-Journal has tried to contact Amy Wood through direct message. The Herald-Journal additionally tried to name WSPA common supervisor Kenny Lawrence for touch upon the video.

The first video was posted on Wednesday, whereas the second video was posted Thursday night time.

Upstate activist Bruce Wilson, of Black Lives Matter and Fighting Injustice Together, mentioned that he spoke with Amy Wood and her husband, Mike Wood, a Spartanburg County Justice of the Peace decide, Wednesday night. Wilson mentioned the Woods had been apologetic.

“They had been completely mortified by this and I might usually really feel how apologetic they had been as a result of they understood this harm so many individuals,” Wilson mentioned. “I consider there was some peer strain concerned on this, and the sort of speak and conduct wasn’t taught of their house.”

Wilson expressed he has no want to see Amy Wood held chargeable for one thing her teenage daughter did or mentioned.

“There must be penalties. I consider this incident will most likely have an effect on her (Gracie) rather a lot sooner or later and have an effect on her now.” Wilson mentioned. “And it’s painful to listen to that language, particularly for Black folks, Jewish folks and homosexual folks.”

“Words do have that means, phrases do have energy.” Wilson continued. “Unfortunately, she (Gracie) wasn’t sensible on the time and her ‘so-called pals’ used that.”

This shouldn’t be the primary time a Spartanburg teen has gone viral in a controversial video. In May 2021, “American Idol” contestant and Dorman High School scholar Caleb Kennedy left the present after reaching the Top 5. His departure got here after an previous Snapchat video started circulating on-line.

Many Spartanburg residents considered this as a teachable second for teenagers to know why phrases and symbols matter.

This is a creating story. Check again for extra data.

Ashley Dill is a local of Spartanburg and has been on workers for the Herald-Journal for 14 years. She covers group information and could be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @ashleydill_shj.

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