FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A Mapleton, North Dakota woman caught in a viral video yelling at multiple Somali-American women in a Fargo parking lot has been fired from her job. The accounting company, Horab and Wentz in Fargo says they will be terminating Amber Hensley after getting hundreds of calls about her behavior shown in the video posted to Facebook.
On Tuesday, Hensley was captured on video saying, "We are going to kill all of you," referring to Muslim people.
"You're a racist person, and I am not going back to my country," you can hear 21-year-old Leyla Hassan say in the video. She lives in Fargo, and moved to the United States in 2015 from Somalia.
Hassan says she was sitting in the car outside Walmart on 13th Avenue with her sister and friend who works there. She says Hensley came out of Walmart and walked up to their car and began saying horrible things to them. "You guys don't know how it feels when someone talks like that," says Hassan, referring to something Hensley said about her sister’s appearance.
Hassan shot video on her cellphone, you can hear Hensley say, "We are going to kill every single one of you *censored* Muslims. You're fat, you can't do anything."
Some are criticizing the videos, wondering why they are so short. Hassan says the reason the videos are so short is because they were shot on SnapChat, which only allows you to record for a short amount of time.
Hassan says she called police and filed a report. "The way she was staring at me, it was like really scary, that's why we had to call the police and tell them about everything." Then she posted the videos on Facebook, saying this type of behavior happens often. "It doesn't matter where you are from, you shouldn't be racist to people, because you can't judge people by the way they look."
Hensley sent us a Facebook message, apologizing for what she did, but wanted to explain herself to us also. We couldn't reach her for an on camera interview, but her message details what she says happened, saying she ‘lost her cool.’
Hensley says she wishes people could see what led up to the videos. She says when she came out of Walmart the women were parked too close to her car and she couldn’t get in. When Hensley asked them to move, one of them swore at her, calling her a fat *censored* then saying F- Jesus when she identified as a Christian.
Hassan admits to swearing at Hensley, "I didn't know what to say, I just called her fat, go to gym, I didn't know what to say." However, she says F- Jesus isn't something she would ever say. "We Muslims, we believe in Jesus too. So, if I abuse Jesus it's like I am abusing my own god, you know?"
Dawn Duncan is a professor at Concordia College, and also leads Narrative 4, which is focused on bringing the Fargo-Moorhead natives and immigrants together. She says she reached out to Hensley, "This is a horrific day for her." She also says that her company firing her is extreme.
Duncan hopes to facilitate a conversation between all the women, to which they all have told valley news live they are open to it. "If she (Hensley) genuinely wants to make amends for that, and if they (the Somali-American women) genuinely admit that they were wrong too, then why can't we make that happen."
While Duncan believes there may never be an end for confrontations like these, she says the community can be better to one another. "Let's tone down the heat, cool off and let's bring some humanity and caring and empathy in this community between people."
Fargo police say they are investigating the confrontation. They have spoken with Hensley and the women who filed a police report. Hassan tells us she gave the video over to police.