School officials in Las Vegas cleared a teacher of wrong doing after he allowed two students to wear KKK robes in a high school class project about U.S. history. According to the Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 28, the controversy began when someone snapped a photo of one of the kids in the KKK robe and mask.
Since 1865, the Ku Klux Klan have existed as a white supremacist group and remain one of the largest bully groups in the nation, targeting minorities through hate speech, violence and fear mongering. According to the school district, the project was designed to display the atrocities that the KKK inflicted over history.
The school did acknowledge that poor judgment was used when allowing students to go to the lengths they did to convey their message. When angry parents demanded action be taken, several other parents, students, faculty members, and one board member showed up to support the teacher in the case.
"This teacher has my support," said Clark County school Trustee Linda Young, the only black and minority school board member. Young said she believed no harm was meant in the project.
The teacher even received support from the Delta Sigma Theta black sorority, who said he had the right to educate his students in creative fashions, to help them understand the significance of the lessons. The same teacher taught a lesson about Adolf Hitler, and allowed a student to dress as Hitler in a class project.
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