Iowa High School Student Suspended For Making 'Racist' Hand Sign
An Iowa high school student was suspended from three football games in the fall after his principal accused him of being racist on social media.
Marshalltown High School student Blair Van Staalduine posted a photo of himself dressed all in white and making a “W” hand sign, which stood for “white,” according to Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO-TV.
The high school’s colors are red, white and blue, but school officials had asked members of Blair's junior class to wear white to show their school spirit, reports Yahoo News.
“The actual school chose the colors that each grade would be wearing,” said Cathy Van Staalduine, Blair’s mother. “Juniors wore white. So Blair, of course, being active in the school, dressed from head to toe in white.”
According to the Marshalltown Senior High School website, Aiddy Phomvisay is the school principal who thought Blair’s actions were inappropriate.
“We were appalled,” Cathy Van Staalduine told WHO-TV. “We were appalled and so was he. Absolutely. Because the furthest thing from Blair is being racist.”
Cathy Van Staalduine said she also talked to Phomvisay, who allegedly called her racist too.
The family is now considering filing a lawsuit if Phomvisay does not choose to apologize publicly and rescind the suspension.
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