She Was Filming for a School Assignment When a Stranger Began Yelling Misogynist and Racist Abuse at Her, but the Teacher Accused Her of Acting Inappropriately  

A young woman recently asked if she’d been wrong to upload a warts-and-all video of her neighborhood for a school assignment. Here’s her story.

She was studying Spanish

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“I’m a high school student in a Spanish class,” the teenager began. “We had an assignment to make a video tour of a place. It had to be in Spanish, and it had to be conversational, like you were showing a friend around.”

She kept it local

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“I decided to just walk around my street and make a tour of that because my family wasn’t going anywhere else.”

She filmed the neighbors arguing

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The young woman’s video had started with a shot of her neighbor’s house—with her neighbor’s in the middle of a loud argument. “Here are the neighbors,” she’d told the video in Spanish. “They’re very angry, and they like to yell morning, afternoon, and night.”

A stranger made offensive remarks

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The young woman had been in the middle of filming the next house when a car drove by and the driver catcalled her obscenely. She’d loudly cussed him out in Spanish in reply. He’d slammed his brakes on, yelled a racist remark, and then sped off again. She’d told the camera that the driver was “very stupid” and acted “like a dog.”

She uploaded everything

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The woman eventually finished her video and, as per the assignment instructions, uploaded it for her teacher and classmates to watch and comment on. But they soon spotted something shocking.

They recognized the driver

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Some of the woman’s classmates recognized the racist catcalling driver as a guy who volunteered as a coach for the middle school soccer team.

They named and shamed him

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With the young woman’s blessing, one of her classmates commented on the video, “In the car is Mr. Jones, who teaches the children. I learned that he is a racist who hates women.”

Someone else looked familiar

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Another of her classmates recognized one of her angry neighbors as a local policeman, to which she replied. “That is scary.”

Her teacher wasn’t impressed

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The next day, the young woman’s teacher asked to see her. She told her that her video was “inappropriate” and that she shouldn’t have filmed her neighbors or the soccer coach. She replied that she’d fulfilled the brief by making a conversational video about her area.

Was she wrong?

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Her teacher, however, didn’t see it that way, and the woman had been summoned to a meeting with her principal over the video. She asked the internet if she was wrong to have uploaded it.

She asked the internet

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Everyone backed the young woman. “You were filming your surroundings in real-time, which is perfectly legal,” said one. “The coach who stopped his car to yell racist things had full control of his abilities and chose to do that in public.”

“Your teacher is panicking,” said another. “Probably because she either didn’t grow up in a neighborhood like this or she didn’t think through the consequences of a student actually showing what their neighbors are like and outing people for being racist.”

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