Confronting a student's hate-filled rant [Editorial]

Confronting a student's hate-filled rant [Editorial]

Privacy rules will make it difficult to learn what punishment, if any, is handed out to an Oakland Mills High School student who recently posted what was described as a racist rant on the social media platform Snapchat.

The video snippet, showing a white male student uttering a racial slur while wearing a Confederate flag bandanna, has prompted a county police hate-crime investigation and is again forcing the school system’s leaders to confront ways to address such vile messages that can spread like wildfire.

The school’s principal, in a weekend letter to parents, promised to “better understand the origins of the social media post and evaluate the impact on our school,” one...