WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wake Forest High School student suspended following an altercation caught on video and posted to Instagram – along with his mother – met with school officials Monday, as students rallied in support of him.RELATED: Wake Forest HS student says racial remarks led to altercation caught on video
Students gathered to protest Michah Speed’s suspension on Monday. Speed was originally suspended for 10 days after he was involved in an altercation with another student on March 2. His suspension has since been reduced to five days.
Some of those in attendance tweeted videos of the protest.Video provided by @SlimThivk_Tiaaa via TwitterVideo provided by @calebt01 via Twitter
The protest comes in the wake of Speed’s suspension following a run-in with another student last Thursday. The video was captured on video and then posted to Instagram where it has now been viewed thousands of times.
The incident occurred while the two students were in marketing class and a teacher was in the room.
Speed said derogatory racial remarks over the last couple of months led to the altercation. He said he lost his temper after he was threatened with violence by the other student.
The principal of the school released a statement regarding the incident.
I am calling to inform you of a video that has circulated involving Wake Forest High School students.
School administrators became aware of the video posting shortly after it was posted Friday and we are continuing to investigate the situation.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage your children to not share rumors. If your child has information to share, they should contact an administrator directly.
We strive each day to create a positive learning environment and take every measure to ensure the safety of our students. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our front office at 919-554-8611. Thank you for your continued support of our school.”
Speed is expected to return to school on Friday. If he does, he will not be in the same class as the other student.
Speed’s mother said he may just transfer schools.
CBS North Carolina reached out to the other student in the video. We have not heard back.