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UPDATE: McGuinness Catholic HS students allegedly record parody of racist SAE chant

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Red Dirt Report's OkieLeaks desk received a tip Wednesday that alleges that "sophomore boys" at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School here in Oklahoma City “recreated the SAE video,” replacing the “SAE” part of the chant with “MCG,” short for McGuinness.

The controversy at the University of Oklahoma, which began with a cell phone video featuring Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers leading a racially-charged chant on a party bus last weekend, resulted in national and international news coverage and the expulsion of two students involved in the odious fracas. The SAE chapter was also kicked off the campus amidst student protests. The SAE chant included: there will never be a ni**** in SAE” interspersed with an allusion to the campaign of terrorism white supremacists once used to maintain Jim Crow rule in the South: “You can hang ‘em from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me.” The SAE fraternity was founded in the antebellum South, when slavery was still in existence. This chant has, reportedly, been around for years and recently resurrected. 

Calls for racial diversity and understanding on campus and in the Greek system, via groups like OU's Unheard, are currently being addressed by OU officials.

As for the alleged video that a number of RDR readers have told us about, we have yet to see evidence of this video and the administration at Bishop McGuinness is apparently not aware of the existence of said video. However, texts we received from one parent show the parent talking to their child, a student at McGuinness, claiming the whole school was talking about the racist video parody and saying that the video creator would likely be expelled. 

“We have been through our sophomore Twitter’s accounts and can’t find anything to substantiate this,” said Becky Schwarz, administrative assistant to Bishop McGuinness Principal David Morton. 

Red Dirt Report also contacted Diane Clay, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Clay said she would investigate the matter further and see what she could come up with. 

We will have an update as soon as it is available.

UPDATE: (4:58 p.m. March 12, 2015) Red Dirt Report received word from Diane Clay late this afternoon that indicated if there was such a video, it has not been found.

In an email, Clay wrote: "After looking into the rumor, we have not found evidence of a video or its distribution online."

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