White students from Ardmore High School in Ardmore, Louisiana, came under fire for sharing a picture wearing racist shirts in a Snapchat post on Wednesday. The shirt reportedly read: “demon chasing n—–s.”
A teacher from the school, located in Limestone County, reported the incident to the school’s administration upon discovery. The controversial clothing was seized from the students immediately.
“The students’ actions are a violation of the core values of our school’s system and do not represent the student body,” Karen Tucker, the Director of Technology and Public Relations with Limestone County Schools, told International Business Times Friday. “We hold our students to the highest standards and we will not tolerate this type of behavior. LCS remains committed to the safety of our students.”
Tucker added, “We have rules and regulations on preventing, recognizing and reporting bullying and insensitive behavior as well as curriculum for students at all grade levels. We will continue to take every appropriate measure to ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming places for students to learn.”
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— September 22 __♍️ (@NikeyahA) September 22, 2017
The students, who are believed to be minors, received an appropriate punishment for their actions, according to Tucker. Details of the punishment, however, were not specified despite IBT’s request.
Ardmore High School is home to 950 students grades 6-12. The school’s mission and purpose are “to provide appropriate learning opportunities that promote [the] academic, physical, and ethical growth of students enabling them to become productive citizens in an ever-changing society.” The students’ shirts don’t fall in line with the school’s ethical growth, which is why the violators have been punished accordingly.
Ardmore High School isn’t the first high school to come under fire for racist incidents in recent time.
Two juniors at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were suspended in August after sharing a modified image of students wearing Ku Klux Klan (KKK) hoods in class. The picture, which was shared to Snapchat, also showed black students wearing the KKK hoods. An investigation was launched immediately after the photo was reported to the school’s administrator.
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