KKK Robes in Class Stir Debate, Outrage

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A class presentation at Las Vegas Academy on January 9 has created an outrage over the costumes donned by the students who gave it:

They dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan.


The assignment in question tasked high school kids with showing their knowledge of U.S. history.

In response, a pair of juniors - with their teacher's approval - dressed in KKK robes, drawing attention to themselves when one of them wore the hooded mask outside the classroom.

This did violate the teacher's request and a photograph of the hood ended up online.

Two days later, Principal Scott Walker referred to the incident "unfortunate" and "inappropriate" in a letter to parents, adding:

“While the presentation was designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan, and there was no intention to harm or offend on the part of the students, it was in poor judgment and inappropriate for students to go to such lengths to convey their message.

"I am deeply saddened that LVA, which prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment for all, was the site of any action that could cause sadness and anger for our school family. We are deeply sorry for this offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding."

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