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KKK robes in class: Teacher who approved them won't be punished

The teacher who let two Las Vegas Academy students wear KKK robes in class during a US history demonstration will not be punished, said district officials and community members who showed support for the teacher during the investigation. They said the KKK robes in class caused no harm. 

KKK robes in class: a Las Vegas teacher was not punished for allowing two students to wear KKK robes in class during a presentation on US history. Here, Klan members in Georgia stand along the stretch of highway they're seeking to manage through the state's "Adopt-a-Highway" program. 2012.

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School officials and community members in Las Vegas said they don't fault a high school teacher for letting two students dress in Ku Klux Klan costumes during a classroom presentation on U.S. history.

Clark County School District officials investigated and the Las Vegas Academy principal sent parents a letter calling the incident "unfortunate" after one of the students was photographed wearing the white robe and hooded mask at school outside class Jan. 9.

"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," Principal Scott Walker said in his Jan. 11 letter.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that school officials received several complaints after the photograph was posted on social media. 

The teacher and student weren't identified, and district officials said he wasn't disciplined. Amanda Fulkerson, district communications officer, called the incident a personnel matter.

Several students, parents, teachers and one school board member backed the teacher at a Thursday meeting.

"This teacher has my support," said Clark County school Trustee Linda Young, the only black and minority school board member. Young noted that she didn't receive complaints from the public, and said she believed the teacher meant no harm.


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