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Racist Halloween costumes condemned by Rochester school officials

School officials are investigating.

Rochester Public Schools is investigating a racist photo that has gone viral since being posted to social media on Halloween night. 

The photo shows three white people believed to be teenagers, two of them dressed in homemade Ku Klux Klan hoods and another wearing a black mask or black face paint.

The two students wearing the KKK hoods have one hand raised in the air, similar to a KKK salute that itself resembles a Nazi salute. 

“Rochester Public Schools is aware of and investigating a racially-charged image that is circulating on social media allegedly involving students at one of our schools. We want to ensure you, and our community, that the District will respond in an appropriate manner based on the results of our investigation," said Rochester Superintendent Michael Muñoz.

According to the Med City Beat blog, at least two of people in the photo attend Rochester John Marshall High School. 

Muñoz added that Rochester Public Schools "strives to create a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds and is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from discrimination."

There was additional staff called in to work at John Marshall High School on Thursday to support students upset about the photo. 

"The social media post is not a reflection of what our district students and staff believes and feels. We will use this as an opportunity to talk, educate, and grow as a community as we work to become even stronger and more inclusive to all students," said Muñoz. 

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