Jersey City, NJ — A high-schooler who received racist text messages warning him against running for student government apparently sent the offensive text message to himself, according to a school official.
The 16-year-old junior running for student council president at St. Peter’s Prep supposedly received four text messages in May urging him to drop out of the campaign because he was black. The offensive text messages contained among other things the n-word and other slurs. According to the teen’s father at the time, his son felt “extremely nervous and feels threatened’ at the predominately white school. Police were called in by school administrators and conducted an investigation into the presumed bias crime.
The student ultimately lost the election for class president but was elected vice president.
At the time of the incident, “Students said the alleged bias attack is completely out of character for the school, which is 40 percent minority and a blend of various ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds,” CBS News reported.
According to Vice Principal James Horan, “The police have confirmed the student had sent the text messages to himself.”
The texts in question were sent using a phone app called TEXTME which at least at first prevented the police from determining their source. Investigators apparently accessed the account after obtaining a court order for the website.
According to the Jersey Journal, Horan also said that “The entire Saint Peter’s Prep community is relieved that this extremely distressing incident has found closure, and we commend the various law enforcement officials for their diligent work on this case over the past months.”
Apparently the student no longer attends St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. Neither he or his dad could be reached for comment by local media.