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Students suspended after posting racist image on Snapchat
Five Iowa high school students are now facing discipline after posing for a picture wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods.
The students, who attend Creston Community High School, are now being investigated by the school. While Creston Community High Principal Bill Messerole would not give specifics on the action taken against the students, he did say that it was a “student discipline issue that has been dealt with.”
Messerole added that the investigation was still ongoing and that the school administrators were working out their response to the incident.
“I think we are in the spotlight now and I think it is up to us to be a model,” he said. “We have to do something. This is not OK.”
The principal added that he grew up in rural Iowa but has taught in diverse places such as Los Angeles and knows how damaging and hurtful Klan imagery is.
“There has certainly been something missing in how we present things to kids,” he told reporters. “We are going to have to do something different. … This is not our culture. This is not what we teach. This is not our community values.”
Police in the area are aware of the picture but are not currently investigating.
Two New Mexico high school students have been suspended after posting a racist image to Snapchat.
The Volcano Vista High School juniors posted an image of an African-American student surrounded by students whose faces had been digitally doctored so that they all had KKK hoods superimposed over their faces. The image was posted to the school’s Snapchat group, and students who saw it there reported it to school officials.
“It was awful,” said Mary Morrow-Webb, who is the mother of the student in the picture. “It was frightening. I just really got sick to my stomach. I was afraid for my daughters and for the other children there that are at risk for these types of threats.”
“You don’t expect your kids going to school and having to deal with racism and discrimination in 2017,” said Lamont Webb, the girl’s father. “It’s kind of appalling.”
Albuquerque Public Schools has said that an immediate investigation was launched into the picture and that two students were suspended for ten days. One of the students was also kicked off the football team.
“We took this to our police department,” APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy said. “They came and investigated and are really looking very carefully at whether we should file charges for hate crimes. This is something we’re looking at very carefully because it’s this serious.”