Photo of student in blackface found in Chaska High School yearbook

Distribution of the yearbook is being delayed.
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The discovery of a photo showing a student in blackface has delayed the distribution of yearbooks at Chaska High School.

Jim Swearingen, assistant principal there, said the image was only noticed during a final review of the publication, according to the Chaska Daily Herald.

Swearingen said the photo showed the cheer section at the annual Chaska-Chanhassen football game - and in the crowd, a student is wearing blackface.

The school caught the problematic image before yearbooks were handed out, KSTP says. They'll remove the image, then republish the yearbook.

This is the latest in a handful of recent racist incidents occurring in the Eastern Carver County Schools district, which includes Chaska and Chanhassen high schools. The reported incidents include:

  • A racist map being shared among students on social media
  • The "N-word" being written on a student's shirt
  • Students not being allowed to display certain posters for Black History Month.
  • In December, a mother penning a viral post detailing what she described as racist bullying toward her son at Chaska Middle School.

Superintendent Clint Christopher is now having to respond o yet another, saying in a statement released by the district  he's "committed to fixing these concerns at every level of our school district," according to KARE 11.

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