Las Vegas, NV - A Las Vegas performing arts magnet school is at the center of a recent controversy in which Ku Klux Klan (KKK) robes were worn in class.
Two juniors at Las Vegas Academy were given permission by their teacher to dress in "costume" for a presentation on US history for their social studies class, according to Las Vegas Sun. The teacher allegedly had guidelines for the students, which were broken when one student wore the white robe and mask outside the classroom.
Someone took a photo of the student dressed as a member of the KKK and posted it to a social media site.
In a statement issued to parents, Principal Scott Walker called the incident "unfortunate" and "inappropriate."
"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 said in his message.
"I am deeply saddened that LVA, which prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment for all, was the site of any action that could cause sadness and anger for our school family," Walker continued. "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."
The teacher and students have not been identified for the January 9 incident. According to the Sun, this same teacher that allowed students to dress up as KKK members also allowed students to dress up as Adolf Hitler in other assignments.
Source: Las Vegas Sun