A group of five Iowa high school students are facing discipline after they posted a racist photo on social media.
Five Creston Community High School students in southern Iowa have been punished after a photo of them wearing KKK hoods, burning a cross and waving a Confederate flag went viral on social media.
Jeff Bevins, the assistant principal at Creston Community High School, said the students would be disciplined, however, because they are minors, would not reveal the extent of the punishment.
In the picture, one of the unidentified teens can be seen holding a rifle, while another is shirtless. All the individuals in the photo appear to be male students. Behind the group is a burning cross, a symbol frequently used by the Ku Klux Klan.
via WHO TV:
A group of Creston High School students are being disciplined for posting a photo on social media depicting them burning a cross while wearing white hoods.
The photo started circulating on social media on Wednesday morning. In the photo five people can be seen wearing KKK-style white hoods while burning a cross and holding a Confederate flag. One of the boys in the photo is also holding a rifle. Creston High School administrators say they took action on the post as soon as they were made aware of it.
“This picture does not represent (Creston Community High School), our school system or our community,” Principal Bill Messerole said in a statement released by the district, “We are proud of how our students and staff conducted themselves today after the picture became public. It is of the utmost importance that our students feel safe and welcomed in our district.”
The names of the involved students have not been released as they are all minors.