It is not every day that hockey fans wear KKK hoods as they watch the game at the rink. Three teens decided to do just that at a game Friday night in North Dakota, and it seems they may be regretting that decision now. Inforum reported the details on this incident on Feb. 22, and many are not finding the gag funny at all.
The incident went viral on social media after Shane Schuster posted the photo on Twitter. The photo showed the three fans wearing KKK hoods as they sat in the student section of the hockey game between Grand Forks Red River High School and the Fargo Davies. While wearing white clothing and face paint is a tradition for the school, symbolizing a “whiteout,” three students took it one step further by donning white robes and pointed hoods, clearly symbolizing the KKK.
The students have not been publicly named, but they have been identified by the school. The school principal, Kristopher G. Arason, has made a statement indicating that “appropriate action is being taken” in regards to the students. He also says that “This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body.” The principal claims that the fans wore the KKK hoods for only about a minute at most, because other students by them said they were offensive.
Fox News, however, shares that Schuster indicated the fans were wearing KKK hoods for about 10 to 20 minutes during the first period. It is unclear just why the Red River High School fans involved thought this was a funny or smart idea, and others from the school have had mixed reactions about the stunt. Some have shared they are ashamed and disappointed, whereas others seem to be brushing it off as a joke gone wrong.
Judging from the viral response online, most think it was outrageous and offensive that the these student fans wore KKK hoods for any amount of time during the hockey game. While the school will likely keep this as an internal private matter, many hope that there are serious consequences for this “joke” that offended so many.