Photo Showing 3 Pa. High School Students Dressed as KKK Resurfaces on Web

The picture of the three Upper Darby, Pa., high school students dressed as Ku Klux Klan members appeared back on social media Thursday. 

A photo showing three high school students in Upper Darby, Pa., dressed as Ku Klux Klan members for a class skit resurfaced on social media March 3, 2016, causing the school district’s superintendent to issue an apology.
A photo showing three high school students in Upper Darby, Pa., dressed as Ku Klux Klan members for a class skit resurfaced on social media March 3, 2016, causing the school district’s superintendent to issue an apology. Twitter

A photo showing three Pennsylvania high school students dressed in Ku Klux Klan outfits resurfaced on social media, and once again it has the superintendent of the Upper Darby School District apologizing.

“A project was assigned in an Upper Darby High School history class with the intention of illustrating the historical impact of the 1920s,” Superintendent Richard Dunlap wrote in a statement, Philly.com reports. Dunlap noted that the photo was taken during the 2014-2015 school year during a class skit.

“There were skits associated with this project, and a photo of a skit intended to identify and highlight the atrocities of the Ku Klux Klan circulated on social media [Thursday] evening,” Dunlap wrote.

He added: “The photo has offended many in the community, and the Upper Darby School District is deeply sorry for this. Though there was no intention to harm or offend anyone, we recognize that the project was in poor judgment and an inappropriate activity.”

The photo, which was originally circulated on social media in August, resurfaced Thursday and shows what appears to be three young women in sweatshirts emblazoned with the letter “K,” with each woman also wearing a cone-shaped mask on her head.

“The Upper Darby School District truly regrets this incident and appreciates the support and cooperation of our community as we attempt to use this as a teachable moment regarding cultural, historical and racial understanding,” Dunlap wrote.

Read more at Philly.com.

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