A dean at a Chicago high school is under fire for making racially insensitive remarks about Trayvon Martin.
A video surfaced online, sparking outrage and an investigation by district officials.
A series of disturbing videos was posted to Instagram by a student and shows John Fanning, the Dean of Students at the Whitney Young Magnet High School, embroiled in heated a discussion and defending Trayvon Martin’s murderer George Zimmerman, according to theChicago Sun-Times.
“I’m just going to ask this question: Was [Trayvon] or was he not on private property?” Fanning says in the video.
Members from The Real Whitney Young Movement, a group made up of students at the school, said the Dean’s comments are offensive.
“We feel that our dean spoke from a place of ignorance because he was not knowledgeable about certain aspects that play into the problem with what he said,” says a statement released by group. “We feel we can provide him with the knowledge about how his comments were insensitive to a group of his students.”
Hillary Clinton attends Trayvon Martin Foundation conference
Hillary Clinton attends Trayvon Martin Foundation conference
Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks to the stage to speak at the Circle of Mothers, Trayvon Martin Foundation Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Circle of Mothers, Trayvon Martin Foundation Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) speaks with Sabrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin before her remarks at the Circle of Mothers, Trayvon Martin Foundation Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) embraces Sabrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin before Clinton's remarks at the Circle of Mothers conference, Trayvon Martin Foundation Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) embraces Sabrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin after her remarks at the Circle of Mothers conference, Trayvon Martin Foundation Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 21: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks before the third annual Circle of Mothers conference put on by the Trayvon Martin Foundation on May 21, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hillary Clinton continues to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A student says it’s disrespectful for non-black people to use the N-word and it compared it being just as disrespect as non-gay people using the word “queer.”
Fanning replies, “So you can use the term paddywagon?” a term that is derogatory toward the Irish. The student replied saying they have never used that racial slur and Fanning replies saying, “You’ve never used that term? Never?”
One commenter on the video said the school administration are doing nothing more than sweeping the issue under the rug.
“This is how our administration addresses situations of discrimination that we bring to them,” one video caption reads. “They try to turn it around on us and act like it is not a big deal. This is why racists get so far in the world and get to decide our fates as justices, police officers, and presidents.”
Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin, while testifying during George Zimmerman's murder trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool/File Photo
Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a forensic pathologist and gunshot wound expert, describes the injuries of George Zimmerman while testifying for the defense in the trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Florida, July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda shows the gun used by George Zimmerman while presenting the state's closing arguments to the jury during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida July 11, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. REUTERS/Gary W. Green/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Florida Department of Law Enforcement analyst, Amy Siewert answers questions on the witness stand while holding the gun used by George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin during Zimmerman's second degree murder trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Florida, July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jacob Langston/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Matthew Apperson, 35, makes his first appearance in Seminole County court at the John E. Polk correctional facility in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday May 16, 2015. Apperson was charged Friday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance stemming from an incident involving George Zimmerman earlier in the week. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Vehicle believed to belong to George #Zimmerman hauled from shooting scene #fox35 http://t.co/EtJduC9hiA
A witness says the alleged shooter who is a white male complied with Lake Mary police and was taken away.#wesh http://t.co/SSoLfyzJME
.@LakeMaryPD Chief Steve Bracknell said Zimmerman is being released from a hospital in Sanford now. Zimmerman did not shoot in the incident
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20: A woman holding a can of ice tea and bag of Skittles candy and hundreds of protesters take part in a 'Justice for Trayvon' vigil outside Los Angeles Federal Courthouse July 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, United States. The vigil, along with others held nationwide, was organized by the National Action Network and called for federal charges to be filed against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
People angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin protest outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California July 16, 2013. A jury in Sanford, Florida last week found Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, not guilty of shooting dead Martin, a 17 year-old unarmed teen on the night of February 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)