Update: Three fans wearing KKK hoods at a North Dakota high school hockey game Friday were identified. After a photo of the trio donning Ku Klux Klan-style hoods and robes went viral on Twitter and caused public outrage over the picture, an investigation. While the names have not been released, many others know who the people were.
Citing a report on Feb. 23 from Fox News, the principal from Red River High School released a statement about the incident that has spread like wildfire on the Internet, social media and other news outlets.
The official, who refused to go on camera, said the fans who wore the KKK hoods at the high school game are being dealt with. However, there is no mention of what action is or will be taken as a result of the "inappropriate attire."
While there is little disagreement that the image is not a photo-shop and three people actually wore clothing that caused uproar at the game; there is a conflict in terms of how long the Klan hoods were worn.
The principal said the three "students" entered Red River's seating area wearing all-white attire like many other attendees, but donned the hoods and robes for "less than a minute" after the school scored its first goal.
However, according to a report from Shane Schuster, 19, the person who snapped the three fans wearing the KKK hoods, estimated the outfits were on for about 10-20 minutes. The students then allegedly removed them before the second period began after others expressed outrage.
While the practice of wearing all-white dates back nearly three decades, the wearing of white supremacist attire does not represent the game of hockey. Instead, it creates social discord based on the history of the organization the hoods represent.