Five high school students wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods have been disciplined after a photo of them posing in front of a burning cross emerged on social media.
One of the students is armed with a rifle, while another is holding up what may be a Confederate flag in a photo that was circulated on Twitter and Facebook.
Principal Bill Messerole of the Creston Iowa Community High School confirmed all five students are students and said they were promptly disciplined after the school learned of the photo on Wednesday morning.
Messerole declined to elaborate on how the students were disciplined, citing the school’s confidentiality policy.
He told the Omaha World-Herald, “We felt the same way that anyone would looking at that photo – just kind of, ‘Oh, my goodness.’ This is embarrassing for everyone.”
Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said the school was handling the incident internally, and that they were not involved in an investigation.
With News Wire Services.