Two students at a high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico were suspended after they posted a digitally edited image on the school's Snapchat group that depicted a black student surrounded by Ku Klux Klan hoods.
The students tried to claim the hateful photo was a “joke.”
Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy wasn’t laughing. She told local station KOB 4 that the school contacted the police over the incident.
“They came and investigated and are really looking very carefully at whether we should file charges for hate crimes,” Reedy said. “This is something we’re looking at very carefully, because it’s this serious.”
Both of the parents of a student visible in the photo spoke of their shock.
“You don’t expect your kids going to school and having to deal with racism and discrimination in 2017,” said Lamant Webb, the student’s father. Mary Morrow-Webb, her mother, said, “I was afraid for my daughters and for the other children there that are at risk for these types of threats.”
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