The student's teacher approved of his costume.
A student in Los Angeles dressed up as a member of the KKK for a class project, but stayed in the racist costume all day. Photos of the student began to circulate on social media prompting outrage from the community. KABCreports that the pictures were taken last Friday at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy.
The student, who is a freshman, chose to base his report on Hiram Wesley Evans, a former imperial wizard of the KKK. For the history project, he chose to wear a costume that represented Evans and the KKK. Trinity Young, a student at the school, explained to KABC why the teacher approved the costume. "It kind of rattled me. It was hard to believe that she would allow a klansman to walk around from her approval," she stated. "So, we asked her, and she said that, she compared the Klan to the Black Panther Party, which in my opinion are two different things. So yeah, it was troubling."
The school released a statement in response to the costume that read,"L.A. Unified and Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy understand the extreme sensitivity around this issue and do not condone or support this type of re-enactment." They have started an investigation into the incident.