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Videos show Spartanburg teen, daughter of local news anchor, using racist, homophobic language

Two movies that show the daughter of WSPA news anchor Amy Wood using 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 will not reveal the preliminary supply of the movies. The Herald-Journal is not going to submit the movies on our website as a consequence of their racist and homophobic language.

Wood’s daughter, Gracie, is fashionable on Instagram and is a singer and songwriter. She debuted her personal track, “You Ain’t My Boo” on Spotify and had almost 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 college’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 high school households Wednesday night:

“We have been made aware of recent statements made by an Oakbrook student. While these statements were made off campus in a non-school related event, we find these comments and the behavior of those involved offensive and extremely disappointing. The statements made are not reflective of Oakbrook’s mission and core values, which are academic excellence, character, community, creativity, and diversity. As advocates for all God’s people, we strive to create a community that is respectful and inclusive based on Biblical principle and appreciates the richness of different cultures and viewpoints. Our school leadership is prayerfully considering actions that we can take to reinforce our core values, enable our students and staff to learn from this experience, and promote a caring environment where everyone in our community feels respected and valued.”

Neither Amy Wood nor Gracie Wood have launched an announcement as of Thursday evening. 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 evening.

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

“They were absolutely mortified by this and I could generally feel how apologetic they were because they understood this hurt so many people,” Wilson stated. “I believe there was some peer pressure involved in this, and this type of talk and behavior wasn’t taught in their home.”

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

“There needs to be consequences. I believe this incident will probably affect her (Gracie) a lot in the future and affect her now.” Wilson stated. “And it’s painful to hear that language, especially for Black people, Jewish people and gay people.”

“Words do have meaning, words do have power.” Wilson continued. “Unfortunately, she (Gracie) wasn’t wise at the time and her ‘so-called friends’ used that.”

This will not be the primary time a Spartanburg teen has gone viral in a controversial video. In May 2021, “American Idol” contestant and Dorman High School pupil Caleb Kennedy left the show after reaching the Top 5. His departure came after an old Snapchat video began circulating online.

Many Spartanburg residents viewed this as a teachable moment for teens to understand why words and symbols matter.

This is a growing 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 news and may be reached at ashley.dill@shj.com or on Twitter at @ashleydill_shj.

This article initially appeared on Herald-Journal: Video shows daughter of WSPA anchor using racist, homophobic language

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