Two Wyoming high school students came to school in white robes that were reportedly “designed to represent KKK apparel.”
“Two students entered Riverton High School here in Wyoming this morning hearing KKK robes, carrying American flags, and crosses smiling as if this is a joke,” Micah Lott, communications coordinator at Wind River Native Advocacy Center, posted to Facebook. “They try to say racism is gone.”
Lott added an image of the two students in the post. “This is taught behavior, the Klan is alive and well in Riverton, Wyoming yo,” she continued. “We all knew it.”
Terry Snyder, the superintendent of Fremont County School District No. 25, told the news outlet that the unnamed students showed up to Riverton High School on Wednesday in white robes, a “poor decision” on their part.
“It seems to be a very poor decision,” Snyder said. “They did not have an understanding of the impact that would create but they do now.”
Although the students reportedly didn’t expressly mention the KKK or anything offensive, they still needed to be disciplined, Snyder added. “It is important we teach that respect and understanding and we have additional work to do obviously and we will do that work,” he continued, mentioning that the two students have received disciplinary actions.
Riverton High School posted a statement regarding the incident to Facebook on Wednesday.
“We are aware of the photo circulating social media,” the statement read. “We do not condone or support the student’s actions. We have taken disciplinary measures and have handled it. One student’s decision does not represent our school or district. We are an inclusive school that is proud of our diverse population and celebrate that fact regularly.”
Forget disciplinary actions — they should be expelled.