Brighton schools, police investigate 'white student union' Instagram

Brighton School District officials said they are working with the Brighton Police Department after complaints about a social media account related to students and issues of race. (MGN Online photo)

Brighton, N.Y. (WHAM) - Brighton School District officials said they are working with the Brighton Police Department after complaints about a social media account related to students and issues of race.

A statement released Wednesday by the district said they had been made aware Tuesday of an Instagram account labeled BrightonWSU that appeared to mirror an account created by the BHS Black Student Union. The account has since been removed.

District officials said the BSU account had posted information to its Instagram page after being inactive for a short amount of time. After the posts went up, the BrightonWSU account attempted to follow several Brighton students.

The account focused on ideas espoused by a specific social and political commentator, but did not make any comments or threats to anyone.

"Our District continues to be focused on addressing issues related to diversity and equity," said Brighton Schools Communications Coordinator Dan Goldman. "We are incredibly proud of our students who discussed this issue with us and are leading the way in promoting a positive and engaging experience for all members of the school community."

Officials and town leaders in Brighton have been working to push back against diversity efforts in the town, including white supremacist materials being posted around town in the last couple weeks. Two stickers were found in the Twelve Corners area, including on a pole and in a bathroom at a popular restaurant.

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