Several students at Mound Westonka High School in Minnesota are facing suspension after wearing costumes that some say hold a resemblance to the hood and robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
Seven boys wore white shirts and white folded bandanas on theirs heads with a point as a costume for a dodgeball game on Jan. 27.
“I turned around, and the team behind me looked like they came in with a Ku Klux Klan uniform, or an interpretation of it,” Ryan Anderson, a senior, told WCCO, according to The Huffington Post. “It was something to say the least.”
No one reportedly said anything about the costumes during the event, despite the fact that school administrators and officials were supervising the game. However, several complaints were made about the outfits on social media when images of the game were shared.
“The teachers didn’t recognize it as something that could be offensive because all they saw was a bunch of kids dressed in white,” Santiago Rodriguez, a junior, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, according to The Post. “It wasn’t the stereotypical hooded Klansman, but they were still going for a KKK-vibe with it.”
One anonymous parent noted that anyone familiar with history could tell that the costumes were reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan’s.
FOX 9 reported that two of the high school students involved were suspended; it's unclear what disciplinary action was taken against the other five members of the team.
Despite opposing opinions, some students have started a hashtag campaign using the words “unsuspendteamdoot” to defend the team's costume choice.
The school district reportedly said that it was taking “appropriate action” under district policy, but did not provide specific details. The investigation is currently ongoing.
The school’s population is 93 percent white, 3 percent Hispanic, 2 percent African-American and 2 percent Asian, The Post notes.