It looks like Halloween came early for three students at a Florida high school. However, the school's administration didn’t seem to think it was a very humorous “trick” or “treat.”
Administration at a Florida high school are taking disciplinary action against three students who reportedly arrived to class Thursday wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes. The Wiregrass Ranch High School students were seen wearing white pointed hoods, CBS Miami reported Friday. Eyeholes were cut from the hoods, drawing an unmistakable comparison to the infamous White Knights.
Although the students have not been identified, officials say two of the students in question were Hispanic and one was of Middle Eastern descent, New York Daily News reported. Initials reports originally confirmed that the costumes were meant to commemorate the school’s spirit week and the garb was in fact supposed to represent a ghost costume.
“Usually ghosts don’t have pointed hats,” school Superintendent Kurt Browning told reporters.
The three students were “disciplined in accordance with our code of conduct,” a school district official told the New York Daily News. The three students’ conduct fell under “harassment” based on race and all three could be subject to up to 10 days out of school on suspension, according to school officials.
There was another student that was also seen wearing a confederate flag as a cape on campus the same day. The student was told to remove the cape without any further punishment.
“This is not something that should be representative of the school. I live in this neighborhood. I don’t deal with that kind of bigotry where I live,” Wiregrass assistance football coach Brandon Tanner told ABC Action News.
A survey conducted by the Civil Rights Data Collection looked at harassment and bullying report estimations tied to race in U.S. public schools by state. The survey's 2011-2012 findings show a total of 45,125 students in public schools reported some instance of racial bullying or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin ethnicity, disability and English proficiency.