High school students allegedly wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes at a “white party” caused many to become upset when photos of the supposed KKK costumes were posted onto social media. But police are claiming it’s actually all a misunderstanding based upon the nature of the party.
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On February 20, 2015, students at St. Francis High School organized a so-called “white party,” although it was not racist despite how it sounds. Instead, guests of a white party are told to dress in all-white clothing so they glow under black lights. But what caused people to be upset is when some of the students donned costumes that highly resembled the Ku Klux Klan’s signature hoods.
Students at St. Francis High School who saw the alleged KKK photo were upset, with some on social media claiming it took place at an “all white people party.” Two black sisters, Rose and Sarah Ghebrezghi, reported the incident to the school authorities, and demanded that the others students be disciplined.
“Two St. Francis students in attendance were reported wearing KKK hoods periodically throughout the party,” wrote St. Francis High School principal Mark Berger according to the Calgary Sun. “Photos of at least one of the students wearing the hoods were taken and distributed via social media by others at the party.”
Calgary Police Sgt. Duane Lepchuk says the house party was parent-supervised, and when these parents noticed the similarities between the KKK hoods and the students’ costumes the kids were asked to take off the head coverings.
“A couple of the boys, being teenage boys, not thinking, decided to cover their head with white garments. There’s no reference to the KKK or any extremist view, it was just cover ourselves head to toe in white garments as the theme of the party was dictating,” said Lepchuk according to Global News. “There was no criminal intent behind their behaviour—probably the farthest thing on their minds at the time. They’re good students at the school.”
Although some students at St. Francis High School insist the photos were “rude and disrespectful,” the police school resource officer team says the offending students were not disciplined since it’s claimed there was never any intent for harm.
[Photo via Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency]