Video clips demonstrate Spartanburg teen, daughter of regional information anchor, utilizing racist, homophobic language

Two films that show the daughter of WSPA news anchor Amy Wood utilizing racist and homophobic language have surfaced throughout many social media and internet websites Tuesday.

Equally videos were very first posted by the Instagram account @saucecarolina. The account stated in a immediate information that it would not reveal the preliminary source of the videos. The Herald-Journal will not publish the videos on our internet site thanks to their racist and homophobic language.

Wood’s daughter, Gracie, is well known on Instagram and is a singer and songwriter. She debuted her have song, “You Ain’t My Boo” on Spotify and had virtually 30,000 followers on Instagram just before deleting her account. Her Twitter account has also been removed.

Wood is a senior at Oakbrook Preparatory College in Spartanburg and performs with the school’s theater department and is a member of the volleyball team.

Oakbrook Prep introduced the subsequent statement on its social media platforms as nicely as a letter to school families Wednesday evening:

“We have been made aware of modern statements built by an Oakbrook college student. Although these statements were being produced off campus in a non-college linked occasion, we obtain these feedback and the habits of those included offensive and particularly disappointing. The statements manufactured are not reflective of Oakbrook’s mission and main values, which are tutorial excellence, character, community, creativity, and diversity. As advocates for all God’s individuals, we try to develop a local community that is respectful and inclusive based on Biblical basic principle and appreciates the richness of different cultures and viewpoints. Our college management is prayerfully looking at actions that we can get to reinforce our main values, help our college students and employees to master from this knowledge, and promote a caring ecosystem where by absolutely everyone in our community feels revered and valued.”

Neither Amy Wood nor Gracie Wood have released a statement as of Thursday night. The Herald-Journal has tried to contact Amy Wooden by way of immediate concept. The Herald-Journal also tried to simply call WSPA common manager Kenny Lawrence for remark on the movie.

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The initially video was posted on Wednesday, while the next video clip was posted Thursday evening.

Upstate activist Bruce Wilson, of Black Lives Make a difference and Combating Injustice With each other, mentioned that he spoke with Amy Wood and her husband, Mike Wood, a Spartanburg County magistrate decide, Wednesday evening. Wilson stated the Woods have been apologetic.

“They were absolutely mortified by this and I could commonly come to feel how apologetic they were being because they recognized this harm so a lot of people,” Wilson claimed. “I think there was some peer tension included in this, and this sort of discuss and conduct was not taught in their home.”

Wilson expressed he has no motivation to see Amy Wood held accountable for anything her teenage daughter did or mentioned.

“There demands to be repercussions. I think this incident will in all probability affect her (Gracie) a ton in the foreseeable future and have an effect on her now.” Wilson said. “And it is agonizing to hear that language, specifically for Black people today, Jewish people and homosexual men and women.”

“Text do have this means, text do have electrical power.” Wilson ongoing. “Regrettably, she (Gracie) wasn’t smart at the time and her ‘so-referred to as friends’ made use of that.”

This is not the to start with time a Spartanburg teen has gone viral in a controversial video clip. In May perhaps 2021, “American Idol” contestant and Dorman Substantial College pupil Caleb Kennedy still left the present just after achieving the Top rated 5. His departure came following an old Snapchat online video started circulating on the internet.

Many Spartanburg people considered this as a teachable instant for teens to recognize why terms and symbols subject.

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Ashley Dill is a indigenous of Spartanburg and has been on personnel for the Herald-Journal for 14 several years. She addresses local community news and can be attained at ashley.dill@shj.com or on Twitter at @ashleydill_shj.

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