PITTSBURG, Calif. (KRON) – A California community is upset and worried after a photo of a Pittsburg high school student wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume starts circulating on social media.
The student admitted wearing the costume to school on Wednesday as a “challenge,” officials said.
Principal Todd Whitmire sent a message to students, staff, parents and community members on Thursday, confirming that the costume had been confiscated and school officials had met the student and his family this morning -the.
The boy wore the costume for the first four periods. Whitmire said it was likely because he only wore the costume at certain times, and not during class.
“The student has been assigned consequences for their actions and will also participate in our restorative justice process to learn how their actions impacted and harmed others. He will also work with our Restorative Justice Ambassadors, parents and staff to begin to right the harm he has caused, ”Whitmire wrote. “As a school community, we are very disappointed and concerned with the actions of this student. We are committed to addressing what happened and working with this student to help them recognize the harm their actions have caused and, just as importantly, the responsibility they have, with our school, to help fix them.
School officials at a private Catholic school in the area last week said two students were being disciplined after re-enacting the murder of George Floyd.
A photo of the incident, which happened at De La Calle in Concord, also circulated on social media. On October 22, the school president, David Holquin, sent a message to the families.
“De La Salle recognizes that racist, sexist, homophobic or other comments or actions are not isolated from our school community. Yet when situations arise on our doorstep, it is uncomfortable to have to face the reality that no matter how hard you try, more work is needed, ”Holquin wrote, in part.
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