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IN teen 'ashamed' after video surfaces of him wearing Nazi flag, using racial slurs

Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 10:44:41-05

NOBLESVILLE, IN (WRTV/CNN) - An Indiana teen has lost his job and now he's worried about his parents after a video of him chanting racial slurs and holding a Nazi flag went viral online.

The teen, Mat Blood, says he is deeply sorry for his actions.

"Saying on a megaphone a lot of hateful things that I shouldn't have," Blood said.

Blood said he knows the Nazi flag represents "a lot of hatred” and recognizes a lot of people died.

"Someone had to say something about it," said Raven Cobb who shared the video on social media.

"Those kids are making it seem like it's OK to say stuff like that in and outside of school which it's not OK whatsoever," Cobb said.

"This is a big diverse group of people," said Christy Kriese who saw the video on a Noblesville Schools Facebook group.

She has a son who goes to Noblesville High School.

"I definitely think something needs to be done about that because there are kids that are African American here," Kriese explained.

Noblesville schools released this statement

"We are aware of the ugly social media post that has been circulating recently. We do not condone this type of behavior and are passionate about creating an environment where all our students and staff feel respected. We are addressing this issue with the students in question."

Blood said he is sincerely ashamed and wishes he wouldn't have done it. He gave a reason why he shouted the slurs.

"They dared me to do something. I did it. I really never back out from a dare," Blood explained.

He said he lost his job and is worried his parents might too and now he's worried about his future.

"I planned to join the army but that's probably not going to happen now. I'm so sorry for all the people I’ve offended. I'm ashamed of myself. There's no question about it. My family's ashamed of me and, like, I wish I could change it," Blood stressed.

When asked if discipline would be handed out, a district spokesperson referred to the school’s code of conduct, which applies to students on campus or while involved in school activities or if a student engages in unlawful activity off campus and outside of school hours.

The Noblesville High School administration is now looking into the incident. But would not say whether disciplinary action would be taken.

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