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Georgia High School Student Pictured Wearing Ku Klux Klan Hood

| by Jordan Smith
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Two students at  a Georgia high school are facing disciplinary proceedings after one took a picture of the other wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood in the school’s parking lot.

The school was alerted to the incident when a former student posted the image online, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

The picture, taken at East Coweta High School, appears to show a student wearing a KKK hood and holding onto a Confederate flag.

A spokesman for Coweta County, Dean Jackson, said the students had been identified but declined to name them.

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East Coweta Principal Steve Allen sent a letter to parents advising of the incident, adding, “no specific threat was made in the incident.”

He wrote that an investigation had been conducted and disciplinary measures were being taken.

“It left me speechless that a person could be so ignorant as to not only dress like that at school but pose for a picture as well,” said Lorenzo Lewis, according to the Journal Constitution. “Someone sent me the picture and I decided to post it.”

Lewis wrote in a tweet with the picture, “East Coweta has officially fallen to [expletive].”

The issue of the KKK is currently a hot topic in Georgia. The white supremacist group has a case going to the state’s Supreme Court challenging Georgia’s ban on its involvement in the Adopt A Highway Program.

The KKK attempted to adopt a stretch of highway in the north of the state in 2012 under the state program which allows groups to take responsibility for cleaning up.

But state officials rejected the group’s application.

“Erecting an Adopt A Highway Program sign with the KKK’s name on it would have the effect of erecting a sign announcing that the state of Georgia has declared this area Klan country,” the state argued in its legal brief, according to the Journal Constitution (2). “Such a statement is absurd and would date this state back decades.”

The case is being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argues issues of freedom of speech are involved.

Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Journal Constitution (2)/ photo credit: Atlanta Journal Constitution