A racist photo mocking the death of George Floyd featuring students from a New Jersey high school has spread online.
The image, which features two Flemington high school students, shows one wearing a Make America Great Again hat and a police badge with his knee on the back of another student wearing an ape mask, NJ.com reported Thursday.
George Floyd died during an arrest on May 25th as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on him for more than eight minutes. That officer, and three others, now face charges over the death, which sparked nationwide protests.
The racist photo featuring the two students first surfaced last month, Nancy Tucker, a spokesperson for Hunterdon Central Regional High School, told the Daily News. It was taken before the school year began, and the students were not on school grounds.
“Over this past summer – when school was not in session – teenagers who attend Hunterdon Central during the school year took the photo and posted it on their social media accounts,” she said.
“When the high school became aware that this had occurred, our Superintendent, Jeffrey Moore, Ed.D., immediately sent out an email to all of the parents in our high school community,” Tucker explained.
In that letter, which was sent to the News, Moore expresses outrage over the photo.
“I write to share my utter disgust and deepest concern over a recent racist post on social media, allegedly perpetrated by students of our school,” Moore wrote in the letter sent out to parents on Aug. 12.
“Schools are duty-bound, through law and conscience, to fight racism wherever it appears,” he wrote.
Moore stated the school has staff undergo “training to guide students toward tolerance, collaboration, and understanding,” and that they are “examining curriculum to ensure that we are celebrating the histories and contributions of all.”
It is unclear if the students will be disciplined over the incident.
The school “cannot comment further on matters involving student discipline or law enforcement,” Tucker said.
Parents claim, however, another racist incident happened online when the school year began, according to NJ.com. A racist word was written into a chat section of an online school meeting at the start of the school year, parents told the news outlet. That meeting included students, parents and faculty.
Officials did not respond to requests for comment about that claim.
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