Outrage as white teens do the 'George Floyd challenge' in social media video

A group of white teenagers from a wealthy Connecticut town posted video on social media showing them re-enact the gruesome police-involved death of George Floyd.

The insensitive display prompted school officials in Old Saybrook to launch an investigation, according to local reports. Police have also received a complaint.

In the clip, one teen is seen lying face down on a patch of grass while two others stand over him.

The video, which is captioned with the words ‘George Floyd junior,’ shows one of the teens mocking yelling: ‘Get the f*** down on the ground.’

The public school district in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, has launched an investigation after video surfaced on social media this week of high school students doing the 'George Floyd challenge'

The public school district in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, has launched an investigation after video surfaced on social media this week of high school students doing the ‘George Floyd challenge’

In the clip, one teen is seen lying face down on a patch of grass while two others stand over him. The video, which is captioned with the words ‘George Floyd junior,’ shows one of the teens mocking yelling: ‘Get the f*** down on the ground.’

As one teen kneels on the ‘detained’ kid’s hands, another stands over his head and kneels, pressing his right knee against his neck for a few seconds.

In the clip, one teen is seen lying face down on a patch of grass while two others stand over him. The video, which is captioned with the words ‘George Floyd junior,’ shows one of the teens mocking yelling: ‘Get the f*** down on the ground.’ As one teen kneels on the ‘detained’ kid’s hands, another stands over his head and kneels, pressing his right knee against his neck for a few seconds.

George Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after police officer Derek Chauvin put a knee in his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, ignoring his cries of ‘I can’t breathe’.

George Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after police officer Derek Chauvin put a knee in his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, ignoring his cries of ‘I can’t breathe’. 

As one teen kneels on the ‘detained’ kid’s hands, another stands over his head and kneels, pressing his right knee against his neck for a few seconds.

During the clip, several youngsters are heard in the background laughing.

‘That’s f****d up,’ one of them says, indicating that the teens were well aware of the inflammatory nature of their post.

The video then shows one of the teens jokingly ordering the ‘bound’ teen to perform oral sex, eliciting laughs from the others.

The public school district in Old Saybrook released a statement to WFSB-TV saying that the ‘administration became aware of a video in which youths from Old Saybrook Public Schools and others imitated the scene of the death of George Floyd. As soon as we became aware of the video, we initiated an investigation.’

On Reddit, people reacted angrily to the video.

‘Gross,’ one Reddit user commented. 

‘Kids are dumba***s,’ one social media user wrote.

Another commented: ‘But where do kids get ideas like this? They’re handed down, casually.

‘Kids don’t teach themselves racism. Their parents do.’

Another Reddit user wrote: ‘Kids absorb the ignorant attitudes of the people around them, imo.

‘They don’t just invent their own types of biases.’ 

Social media users were outraged by the video, though some commented that they weren't surprised given 'how much racist stuff gets said' in 'most schools'

Social media users were outraged by the video, though some commented that they weren’t surprised given ‘how much racist stuff gets said’ in ‘most schools’

Another Reddit user commented: 'Kids are dumb****s.'

Another Reddit user commented: ‘Kids are dumb****s.’

Another Reddit user wrote: 'Kids absorb the ignorant attitudes of the people around them, imo. They don't just invent their own types of biases.'

Another Reddit user wrote: ‘Kids absorb the ignorant attitudes of the people around them, imo. They don’t just invent their own types of biases.’

Another commented: 'But where do kids get ideas like this? They're handed down, casually. Kids don't teach themselves racism. Their parents do.'

Another commented: ‘But where do kids get ideas like this? They’re handed down, casually. Kids don’t teach themselves racism. Their parents do.’

'Gross,' one Reddit user commented. Another commenter wrote: 'Kids thinking this is funny, so sad.'

‘Gross,’ one Reddit user commented. Another commenter wrote: ‘Kids thinking this is funny, so sad.’

Another Reddit user remarked: ‘This is most schools, you’d be surprised how much racist stuff gets said.’ 

Another commenter wrote: ‘Kids thinking this is funny, so sad.’

Others were harshly critical. One person wrote: ‘These kids are sick f****, sorry but true.’

Another Reddit user wrote: ‘These are the same people eating Tide pods.’ 

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25 after witnesses recorded video footage of an officer kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Floyd’s death sparked worldwide outrage and triggered mass demonstrations as well as rioting and looting in scores of American cities. 

The Floyd incident as well as several other high-profile cases of African Americans dying at the hands of police also prompted a months-long nationwide reckoning over race relations.

A week after Floyd’s death, a disturbing new social media trend, the ‘George Floyd Challenge,’ emerged on Snapchat. 

The participants, who are mostly white males, are seen smiling in the photos and kneeling down on their necks of their friends. 

Disturbing videos began to surface on social media in the days and weeks following Floyd's death in May. The first image to be shared of the so-called challenge on social media, screenshotted from Snapchat, was originally tagged with a location of Chardon, Ohio (above)

Disturbing videos began to surface on social media in the days and weeks following Floyd’s death in May. The first image to be shared of the so-called challenge on social media, screenshotted from Snapchat, was originally tagged with a location of Chardon, Ohio (above) 

One horrified student sent DailyMail.com a photo of one of their classmates partaking in the challenge, showing a white teenager kneeling down on the neck of a brown cow

One horrified student sent DailyMail.com a photo of one of their classmates partaking in the challenge, showing a white teenager kneeling down on the neck of a brown cow

One horrified student sent DailyMail.com a photo of one of their classmates partaking in the challenge, showing a white teenager kneeling down on the neck of a brown cow. 

The source has not yet confirmed where the image was taken or if law enforcement have been made aware of its existence.

The first image to be shared of the so-called challenge on social media, screenshotted from Snapchat, was originally tagged with a location of Chardon, Ohio.

According to the Geauga County Maple Leaf website, the Chardon School District conducted an investigation into the photo but were unable to identify either of the teens depicted.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook for comment. 

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