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Kearns High School athletes accused of burning gay pride flag, saying, 'all gays die'

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Student-athletes at Kearns High School are accused of posting a Snapchat video recently that showed an LGBTQ Pride flag being burned, while someone says, “all gays die.” (FILE Photo: KUTV)

Student-athletes at Kearns High School are accused of posting a Snapchat video recently that showed an LGBTQ Pride flag being burned, while someone says, “all gays die,” reports The Advocate.

Granite School District Communications Director Ben Horsley confirmed Wednesday that the school's football coach suspended two players.

Horsley explained the district is still investigating the incident. He clarified that one person posted the video to a small group of friends and that a second person reposted it. After that, Horsley says, the post essentially spread throughout the school. He said that many students expressed concern and outrage about the post.

While he could not speculate whether or not the students will be suspended or expelled from school, Horsley said that he does expect there will be additional consequences and an opportunity for education.

The video was addressed in a Facebook post of the Salt Lake County high school. While the individual is not identified who is addressing the issue, it is assumed it is from a school official and states in part:

I discovered a video that had been created by one of our students via Snapchat & posted by another student. The video was inappropriate & not acceptable from any student at KHS. To make the situation worse, these students are associated with one of our teams. This video does not reflect the quality of our teams or our student body.

The post goes onto say that an investigation began immediately and includes information gathering from the student-athletes. The social media post also states:

We will not tolerate inappropriate behavior of this nature by any member of the KHS Community. There will be consequences for this action following team, school, & district policies. There have been many rumors associated with this incident. Although I can’t give specifics, I will handle questions via email, to the best of my ability.

The school official said the behavior is not typical of students at Kearns High School. The Facebook post says that "avenues of improvement so that all individuals are respected & valued," are going to be probed as well.

SnapChat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed.

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