A social studies teacher’s decision to let her students were KKK robes to class is sparking a bit of a debate. On Jan. 9, two Las Vegas Academy students dressed up in Klan’s white robes and hooded cloaks to drive home a point in their U.S. history presentation. The students had a choice of either writing a research paper, creating an art or dance piece or performing a first-person narrative. The students chose the latter. Controversy arose after a photograph of them wearing the questionable attire outside of the classroom hit social media.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, the school’s principal, Scott Walker, sent a letter to the parents addressing the issue:
“While the presentation was designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan, and there was no intention to harm or offend on the part of the students, it was in poor judgment and inappropriate for students to go to such lengths to convey their message,” Walker said. “I am deeply saddened that LVA, which prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment for all, was the site of any action that could cause sadness and anger for our school family. We are deeply sorry for this offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.”