A group of students wore KKK robes in class that were "designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan." Those were the words of Las Vegas Academy principal, Scott Walker. According to a Jan. 28 report, Walker defended the actions of those making a presentation on U.S. history for a performing arts class. They chose to actually wear attire of the KKK for as their costume -- long white robes with hoods.
The students caused an uproar within the school and from online communities once the photos were posted on the Internet.
The school's principal stands behind the teacher, but did say it was "unfortunate."
Scott Walker said this:
“While the presentation was designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan, and there was no intention to harm or offend on the part of the students, it was in poor judgment and inappropriate for students to go to such lengths to convey their message … We are deeply sorry for this offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.”
Amanda Fulkerson, who is a spokeswoman for the school, said the teacher wasn't disciplined for the incident, but "reminded of policy."
“The student in this case has been counseled and the teacher has been reminded of the policy in place to notify the principal of potentially controversial lessons … We expect the attention to this event will remind all teachers the policy exists only to protect them.”
Wearing KKK robes in class was sure to get some attention at the school. Although the students may have meant no harm in showing up in the attire known to represent one of the most heinous groups of U.S. history, it wasn't a good call on their part. On the other hand, costumes are all part of acting on stage.