North Dakota school administrators are investigating a photo posted to Twitter showing three fans wearing Ku Klux Klan-style hoods during a high school state hockey semifinal game on Friday, according to a Feb. 23 Fox News Report.
Shane Schuster, 19, said he was seated with some friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when he noticed the hooded students seated in the Red River High School student section across the rink. “I thought, 'Are those KKK hoods?' I couldn't believe it,” he said. “I was shocked.” He used his camera phone to snap a photo and later uploaded it to Twitter, with the caption, “I guess the red river highschoolers are racist?”
Mark Rerick, the Grand Forks Public Schools' athletics director, said Saturday that he met with arena and tournament security staff immediately after learning about the picture. “After confirming the incident, we notified the administrators at Red River High School who immediately began their investigation,” Rerick told The Associated Press. “To the best of my knowledge, the students have been identified by the Red River administrators who are continuing their investigation.”
The hoods were in a sea of white outfits as part of the students’ traditional “whiteout,” which generally involves the students wearing all white clothing and white face paint to watch the games.
According to Inforum, the Red River High School principal is sounding off on the offensive behavior. “We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students. This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body,” Red River High School Principal Kristopher G. Arason said in a statement Saturday. Though he did not go into detail, he added that the students have been identified and the school will take appropriate action against them.
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