In what has been deemed an act of hate, two students have been suspended from Albuquerque high school, and could possibly be charged with a hate crime, after they photoshopped Ku Klux Klan hoodies onto a photo of their classmates.
A group of Volcano Vista High school juniors reportedly were studying math when a student took a photo of the class — which was later altered to depict the majority of students wearing KKK hoods. The only students left untouched were the black students in the classroom.
The picture circulated quickly on social media after two students in the class posted it on Snapchat Tuesday, Raquel Reed, Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent told KRQE.
“This is not acceptable,” she said.
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The two culprits have been suspended for two weeks and one was even kicked off the football team for his unacceptable behavior.
But Mary Morrow-Webb, whose daughter is one of the black students in the picture, told WYFF she doesn’t think her kids will be safe going to school with the students who edited the photo.
Morrow-Webb said, “It was appalling, disgusting,” she continued, “We felt like this was just a serious display of hate.”
She added that she has three daughters at Volcano Vista and all of them have said they were racially discriminated against. Her husband, Lamont Webb, said, “I was shocked, angry, afraid for my daughters,” he continued, “I just can’t imagine what they feel like walking through the halls, having to deal with this.”
Volcano Vista principal Vicki Bannerman said she was alerted about the photo within minutes of students posting it.
In a letter sent to parents, Bannerman said the students responsible shared the picture as a joke — calling it “repugnant and hateful.”
“We expect all students to be treated with dignity and respect, and we deem unacceptable all acts of discrimination and harassment including but not limited to sexual, racial and religious,” Bannerman said, and added that the students in question don’t have a “malicious spirit. They just made a very, very poor choice.”
A poor choice indeed.