Racist Halloween costumes condemned by Rochester school officials

School officials are investigating.
Author:
Publish date:

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. 

Subscribe: Sign up for our daily newsletters

Next Up

snow

Here's how much snow fell in Minnesota on Sunday

Some localized areas saw more than expected.

Lindsay Guentzel

For The Week: What's harder than making a meal plan? Sticking to it!

Lindsay Guentzel says you shouldn't give up on your meal planning routines.

snow, plow

Winter storm warnings issued as snow system shifts in Minnesota

The worst of the snow will now hit further north, affecting areas including St. Cloud and the I-94 corridor.

Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba beats the clock to give Wild sixth straight win

Dumba scored as overtime came to a close for another Wild victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Bradley Beal terrorizes Timberwolves in loss to Wizards

Beal and the Wizards handed the Wolves their seventh straight defeat.

Marcus Carr / Gopher basketball

Gophers tourney hopes take another blow with loss to Nebraska

Marcus Carr scored a career-high 41 points, but Minnesota is still winless on the road.

St. Paul police

St. Paul police arrest teenage boy in carjacking crackdown

This comes amid a dramatic spike in Twin Cities carjackings.

snow

Snow latest: Twin Cities set for up to 4 inches

A narrow system will travel across Minnesota overnight.

Related

Michael Munoz

Rochester Public Schools superintendent resigns after plagiarism incidents

Michael Muñoz will continue to serve in the superintendent role through June 30.

Mom's viral post describes racist bullying her son endures at MN school

She says her son has come home in tears too many times.

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 11.54.13 AM

North St. Paul teacher being investigated for alleged racist behavior

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave.

Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 9.34.39 PM

St. Paul school employee on leave over racist comment caught on video

The school district superintendent promised 'aggressive' action to address the situation.

Sex offender arrested after riding bus with elementary students

The man boarded a school bus at the Walker Art Center.

Screen Shot 2019-12-12 at 10.23.53 AM

Fate of 3 schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district to be decided

A School Board meeting will focus on the recommended closures.