Ku Klux Klan robes in class?
A Las Vegas teacher has received backlash from parents and the community for allowing students to dress in KKK robes and hoods for a U.S. history class presentation.
The teacher, who has remained unnamed, assigned students to write a paper, perform a skit or recite a first-person narrative to show their knowledge of American history. The educator gave permission for two juniors to wear KKK garments, but after one student wore the costume outside of the classroom, he was photographed and the image spread online.
In response to letters of concern from parents, principal Scott Walker issued an apology by letter.
“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,” he wrote. “We are deeply sorry for the offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.”
The teacher was not disciplined, but according to the Las Vegas Sun, was reminded to notify the school of “potentially controversial lessons.” Two years ago, a Georgia teacher did the same thing and she was put on administrative leave because the incident upset some of the Black students.