Roommates, there’s a video of a white teen doing his rounds on social media, and the language she used toward her classmate, 14-year-old Nia Seigen, is alarming. The girl in the video, identified as Jaylen Crooks from Prior Lake High School, repeatedly used the N-word and encouraged Sigin to end her life.
The Prior Lake School District and the Savage Police Department have launched an investigation into the video. Nya Sigin talked to her recently KSTP To explain how difficult things have been for her since watching the video.
“It was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Nia said. “I was feeling overwhelmed. I didn’t really know what I did to deserve it. When I first saw the video, I hadn’t processed everything that was going on.”
Nia was joined by her sister Elizabeth Segin, who said Crooks’ behavior was not an isolated incident and urged the police and school district to hold her accountable for her harassment of the Sigin family. Nia has also opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression, revealing that she attempted suicide in May.
“I’ve finally entered the part of my life where I feel like I’m finally getting over it,” she said. “This whole situation happened and it felt like a relapse.”
Dr. Terry Staloch, the Prior Lake School District Superintendent, issued a statement in response to Crooks’ behavior.
Our schools do not tolerate racism and hate speech. The students involved in the video are being investigated and we will take appropriate action.” “We remain focused on our priority of providing safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments for all students.”
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, but Nia Seigen expressed her gratitude to the people on social media who shared her story.
“It’s just so much love from everyone who showed their support for me and my family,” Nia said. “It’s honestly just an inexplicable feeling. I couldn’t even express how grateful I am to everyone.”
Stay tuned for updates as the story continues to evolve, Romes.
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