Three students wore Ku Klux Klan-style robes and hoods to a North Dakota high school hockey semi-final game on Friday according to a Feb. 23 report on Fox News. The school’s principal says appropriate action is being taken in the matter.
Photos of the trio of fans caused an outrage when they made their way to Twitter via Shane Schuster. Schuster was attending the match with some friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when he spotted something unusual in the student seating area across the rink.
He was in disbelief, took a picture with his camera phone and later uploaded it to the social networking site.
Red River High School Principal Kristopher Arason said the investigation had revealed that the students put the costumes on just after their team scored the first goal. The students wore them for between thirty and sixty seconds before removing them after nearby students complained about the offensive nature of the attire.
Arason told the Associated Press that the entire school is “extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students." He added "This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body."
The administration learned of the incident following the completion of the game. The three students involved have been identified, their parents’ notified and appropriate action is being taken. Arason would not say what type of disciplinary action the students might face.
Arason said administrators were notified of the incident at the completion of the game. The students and their parents have been contacted and "appropriate action is being taken," he said.
The three hooded figures can be seen in the middle of the Red River Roughriders section where most fans are dressed in white in accordance with a school custom. The “whiteout” is a hockey tradition started by the then-Winnipeg Jets over 25 years ago which has since spread to college and high school games.
According to Arason, Red River follows a tradition of wearing a specific color for each day of the three-day finals tournament in accordance with school colors. Black is worn the first day, white on the second and red on the third. Check out the photo here.
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