Students from Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Va. dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan and posted photos of it on social media, prompting an investigation by the school.
The photos surfaced on Instagram earlier this week, showing teens wearing white sheets and hoods and doing Nazi salutes. One post reads “Happy Halloween [expletive]."
A student from Hickory reposted the images on Twitter and wrote, “Kids at my school think it’s funny to dress up as the kkk ....my hate for hickory is unreal.”
13News Now contacted Hickory High School for comment and said that a spokesperson told them that, “The school division is aware of the incident and is taking appropriate action; however, we do not comment on individual student discipline.”
The school also responded to a commentator on their Facebook page about the incident, writing that the photos will “not taken on school grounds but measures are being takin [sic].”
Hickory High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the school’s “overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups,” according to their Facebook page.
A columnist for the Virginian-Pilot called on the parents and the high school of the students involved in the photos, asking them to have the students publicly apologize and to educate them on the history of the KKK.