Students at a Utah high school were disciplined after posting a racist photo on Instagram on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
According to KUTV, two female students at Hurricane High School in Hurricane, Utah, were disciplined after they shared a photo of one of the students pretending to hang herself with "x" drawn on her eyes, captioned, "happy national n****r day."
Officials from the Washington County School District said that they were "disgusted" by the post.
"We have a safe school's policy and if they are not making other students feel safe in our own schools, in our own community, is significant in the punishments that they could face," said Steve Dunham, the director of public relations for the school district.
Dunham said the school took action on the two students, but that the district is currently unable to reveal what consequences the students are facing.
It is believed that the photo was taken at the place where both students work, according to TalkRadio. One of the girls was reportedly fired from her job over the incident.
Hurricane High School Principal Jody Rich issued a video statement regarding the incident on his Instagram account shortly after the photo surfaced:
Recently, some thoughtless actions by a few on social media have reached out to affect us all, which saddens me because they don’t represent what HHS is all about. I want to give you all a challenge to adopt my TLC three-point test for everything we say and do... be it face to face, in the crowd at a ball game, or on social media. Before you post or say something, ask yourself… is it TRUE, will it LIFT rather than tear down, and is it CARING! Please never say or post anything if it doesn’t pass this simple test!
Please also take a moment to reflect on what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is all about. It’s not about getting another day off from school, rather it is about remembering how far our nation has come, and how far we still have to go. Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
If our school is known for anything it is known for being a place where everyone feels loved and accepted. I am grateful to be a part of this Tiger family...so please join with me as we work hard to ensure that love abounds to drive out any hate. Thank you so much! I love you all! Jody