Two high school students from Utah were disciplined after appearing in blackface in a racist photo that spread over Snapchat and Twitter.
The horrific image shows one person who has since been identified as an adult and wears a white hood above his head that resembles the Ku Klux Klan uniform.
He holds the two students who are on their knees by the neck. Parts of their face are painted black and they all represent a Southern flag.
& # 39; N **** r hunting 2019: I am happy that I could fill my tags this year & # 39 ;, the caption reads.
Two high school students from Utah were disciplined after appearing in blackface in a racist photo that spread over Snapchat and Twitter
The two teenagers are identified as students of the Hurricane High School. The third person is identified as a & # 39; non-student & # 39; adult.
Washington County School District called the photo that came to light on May 16 & # 39; disgusting & # 39; and said & # 39; appropriate discipline & # 39; for the students & # 39; started immediately & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Words of aversion and sadness are insufficient to describe our feelings about the image & # 39 ;, spokesperson Steven Dunham said in a statement.
& # 39; This repulsive photo does not represent the care, love, and care of the Washington County School District. & # 39;
Dunham said the photo was not taken on school grounds or during school hours, but added that this does not minimize our aversion to this racist act.
"No kind of discipline can do the hatred, intolerance and ugliness that is portrayed in that one photo," he continued.
& # 39; The vulgar ignorance and idiocy that is shown cannot be repaired by a small discipline that we can offer. & # 39;
Dunham said the school has since transferred the photo to the Police Department of Hurricane City.
Hurricane police confirmed that it had been made aware of the & # 39; racially insensitive social media post & # 39; and that the incident was investigated
& # 39; We have welcomed local and federal law enforcement officials to review the offensive photo for potential criminal violations & he said. & # 39; We also consult with legal assistance when considering additional administrative actions. & # 39;
Hurricane Police Department confirmed that it was made aware of the & # 39; racially insensitive social media post & # 39; and that the incident was investigated.
& # 39; If you've seen this message, do NOT share it with retweet or retweet, all you do is help spread this hurtful message further & # 39 ;, it added.
& # 39; Hurricane PD cannot approve this type of message, but we are also aware of the right of individuals to freedom of expression. Appropriate measures will be taken at the end of the investigation. "
Dunham said the district plans & # 39; love, kindness, inclusion & # 39; and & # 39; respect the fellow people who share our neighborhoods, our communities, and the corridors in our schools & # 39; keep learning.
& # 39; We will remind the students that there is absolutely no room for the intolerance and hatred shown in this image, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; Finally, as district administrators, we consider what education would be useful for students to understand the importance of civil rights protection and violations, and appropriate use of social media. & # 39;
The two teenagers are identified as students of the Hurricane High School (photo). Washington County School District said that & # 39; appropriate discipline started immediately & # 39;
Dunham noted that the two students did not represent the views of the nearly 32,000 students, nor the staff and teachers at our schools in the Washington County School District & # 39 ;.
& # 39; As we get sick with this photo, we continue to love while we continue to train our students & # 39 ;, he concludes.
Hurricane High School junior Abbie Hermansen said she's the image & # 39; just cruel & # 39; found.
& # 39; People who do things like this, all they want is attention & # 39 ;, she said ABC4.
Hermansen said that while she wanted to share the photo to raise awareness, she was worried that it would give her exactly that attention.
& # 39; You want to free the word to say: & # 39; This is unacceptable and should not happen & # 39; but then you give them exactly what they want, & # 39; she added.
The scandal comes just a year after another Hurricane High School student posted a picture of herself with a noose around her neck on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Her caption read: & # 39; Happy nation n **** r day & # 39 ;.
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