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Extremely Distressing': Black High Schooler Running for Student Gov't Sent Racist Texts to Himself, School Says



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A black high school student in New Jersey who claimed he received racist text messages demanding him to drop out of a student government election sent the messages to himself, a school official confirmed to TheBlaze Tuesday.

"The police have confirmed the student had sent the text messages to himself," Saint Peter's Prep vice principal James Horan told TheBlaze Tuesday morning.

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Horan said in a statement the school is happy to finally put the issue behind them, and "now considers the case closed."

"The entire Saint Peter's Prep community is relieved that this extremely distressing incident has found closure, and we commend the various law enforcement officials for their diligent work on this case over the past months," Horan said.

The unidentified 16-year-old was running for president of the school's student government in May when he complained to school officials, and later police, that he had received several racist texts, according to NJ.com.

"We have NEVER and will NEVER have an (n-word) to lead our school," one reportedly said.

Another supposedly called him a "slave" and said "COMEONE your [sic] black!!! lol your [sic] a joke for even trying to run."

The student eventually lost the election for president but was made vice president. He no longer attends the school, according to NJ.com.

At the time of the incident, the student's father reportedly said Saint Peter's Prep "is a predominantly white school and there may be a few sections of the school who are fearful of a new face trying to get in office."

Police were reportedly unable to initially trace the text messages to the sender because they were sent using a phone app called "TEXTME."

A spokesperson for the Jersey City Police Department did not immediately return calls seeking comment from TheBlaze.

NJ.com reported that neither the father nor son could be reached for comment.

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