Student wears KKK costume to Bay Area High School

Members of the Ku Klux Klan gather outside the Jasper County Courthouse in the days after the dragging death of James Byrd Jr, a black man, on June 27, 1998 in Jasper, TX.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A high school student in Pittsburg, CA, dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member for a costume contest in school.

School principal, Todd Whitmire, sent out a message to students, staff, parents and community members on Thursday.

“The student has been assigned consequences for his actions and he will also participate in our restorative justice process to learn how his actions have impacted and harmed others.  He will also work with our restorative justice ambassadors, parents, and staff to begin repairing the harm he has caused.

As a school community, we are very disappointed and concerned with the actions of this student.  We are committed to addressing what has occurred and working with this student to help him recognize the harm his actions have caused and, just as importantly, the responsibility he has, along with our school, to help repair them.”

Whitmire said the costume was confiscated – after four periods – and school officials met with the student and his family Thursday morning. Officials say the student admitted to wearing the costume as a “dare”.

“Even if it was a ‘dare,’ that’s still disrespectful to like, you know our kind, and stuff, that’s still disrespectful,” said student Robert Williams.

The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro asks what’s an appropriate punishment or was it just a dumb kid following a dare? Is an offensive costume in the eye of the beholder?

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