Photos Of Students In KKK Robes Performing Nazi Salutes At Halloween Party Sparks Investigation

PULASKI, TN - JULY 11:  A member of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participates in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday march July 11, 2009 in Pulaski, Tennessee. With a poor economy and the first African-American president in office, there has been a rise in extremist activity in many parts of America. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2008 the number of hate groups rose to 926, up 4 percent from 2007, and 54 percent since 2000. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and played a role in the postwar establishment of the first Ku Klux Klan organization opposing the reconstruction era in the South.  (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Photos Of Students In KKK Robes Performing Nazi Salutes At Halloween Party Sparks Investigation

Here's what the Virginia school district said about the offensive images.

Published October 24, 2017

A school in Chesapeake, Virginia, has opened an investigation after two photos posted to Instagram appear to show a student dressed in a KKK robe and doing the Nazi salute at a Halloween party. 

After the images were posted to other social media outlets, several people claimed the teens pictured attend Hickory High School, reported 13News Now. Many concerned parents and community members reached out to the school and asked for them to investigate the photos.

A spokesperson for Chesapeake Public Schools released the following statement:

“The school division is aware of the incident and is taking appropriate action; however, we do not comment on individual student discipline.”

Several community members spoke out against the photos. Some believe the students should be disciplined, whereas others believe their decision was poor but should go unpunished.

“It’s gonna be offensive to some people as it should be. I wouldn't want my kid to do that. I don’t think they should face any consequences, however, I think it was done in very poor taste,” Wendy Gonzalez told 13News Now.

“It makes me very angry. It’s up to the parents to discipline those children and tell them what’s right and wrong,” Kitty Thompson told the station.

“I think in this day and age people don't think of the consequences for their actions or how that might impact others around them or how others might interpret their actions,” Cedric West said. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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