In the video, an unidentified teenager holding a firearm threatened to shoot people coming into his house while using racist slurs.

BAY COUNTY - The community feels threatened after a racist video circulated on social media, according to some Bay County activists.

 

In the video, an unidentified teenager holding a firearm threatened to shoot people coming into his house while using racist slurs. Gregory Dossie, founder and director of the Student Advocacy Center of Bay County, said he is disappointed an arrest hasn’t been made.

“If there are no consequences, he gets away with threatening the community,” Dossie said. “Our kids are fearing going to school.”

Sheriff Tommy Ford said they reviewed the video in depth and have been in contact with the State Attorney’s Office.

“There was no crime committed,” Ford said, though added it “was disgusting and disturbing what he said.”

The teenager’s actions did not fit within the parameters of a crime, Ford said, adding he has been in contact with community members and understands their concerns.

Tony Bostick, an independent activist who wants to "be a part of positive change," said local officials should condemn the video and racist incidents more strongly.

“We’re looking for justice,” Bostick said. “We’re looking for equality. The primary thing is safety of the students.”

The district issued a statement saying "no specific threat was made against any student or any school but a student was overheard saying something we found concerning" and details will not be released since student discipline is confidential by law.

"We do understand that situations of this nature are frightening for our parents, our students and our employees," the district statement said. "We have addressed this in our schools via videos, assemblies and presentations and we will continue to do so.  We implore our parents to also continue to share the message that these kinds of comments are not funny, are dealt with to the fullest extent of the law and have unpleasant consequences for those who say them."

In a previous statement, Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt called the comments in the video "abhorrent."

A town hall addressing racism was held Sunday — sponsored by A-CURE, the Bay County branch of the NAACP, the Student Advocacy Center and concerned citizens — at A.D. Harris Learning Village in Panama City to gather concerns and suggestions from the community. Another similar town hall will be held in September.

“This is going to be an ongoing thing,” Dossie said.