School stands behind teacher who allowed KKK robes in class
A teacher at a Las Vegas private school was lecturing on the history of the Ku Klux Klan, and allowed students to wear costumes similar to these in class as part of a lesson plan. (Photo: WikiCommons)
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A teacher in Las Vegas that allowed KKK robes in class for a classroom presentation is receiving support and criticism.
School officials and community members in Las Vegas said they don’t blame a high school teacher for allowing two students to dress in Ku Klux Klan costumes during a classroom presentation on U.S. history.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Las Vegas Academy principal sent parents a letter calling the incident “unfortunate” after one of the students was photographed wearing the white robe and hooded mask at school outside of class on Jan. 9.
“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,” Principal Scott Walker said in his Jan. 11 letter.
The incident took place Jan. 9 at Las Vegas Academy, a performing arts magnet school. A class assignment had students showcase their knowledge of U.S. history by either writing a research paper, creating an art or dance piece or performing a first-person narrative.
The Sun reported officials received several complaints after the photograph was posted on social media.
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