A teacher in Las Vegas, Nev. who allowed students to wear Ku Klux Klan robes in class for a U.S. History project will not be punished, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The unnamed educator at Las Vegas Academy — a magnet high school specializing in the performing arts — asked students to write a paper, perform a skit or recite a first-person narrative to demonstrate their knowledge of American history. With the teacher’s permission, two juniors elected to dress in KKK robes and hoods.
But things went awry when one of the students wore the costume outside the classroom, where a photograph was taken and posted online. The image quickly spread, and parents wrote letters of concern to the school.
In a letter to parents, Principal Scott Walker called the incident “unfortunate,” the Sun reports.
“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,” Walker wrote. “We are deeply sorry for the offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.”
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